Air India to start direct flights between Mumbai-San Francisco

The full-service airline Air India is looking forward to starting new direct flights thrice a week, between Mumbai-San Francisco, starting Dec 15.

The first round-trip ticket between Mumbai and San Francisco would cost Rs 1,02,837. To accommodate the rising demand for travel, Air India would run three weekly non-stop flights between the two cities. In addition, starting on December 2, Air India will offer direct flights between Bengaluru and San Francisco.

In September 2022, Air India announced the addition of 20 weekly flights to San Francisco in the US as well as Birmingham and London in the UK. This is a component of the flag carrier’s continuous campaign to reclaim first place in the aviation world.

With the addition of five additional flights per week to Birmingham, 9 additional flights to London, and six additional flights to San Francisco, Air India will be able to provide customers with more than 5,000 additional seats per week and ensure plenty of choice in terms of connectivity, comfort, and cabin space.

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Additionally, the Vijayawada to Sharjah direct flight service will begin on October 31 according to a statement from the Tata-owned Air India Express. The first ticket for the Vijayawada-Sharjah route was set at Rs 13,669, while the Sharjah-Vijayawada route’s fare starts at AED 399.

Air India is looking forward to launching new domestic and international routes with the aim to reclaim its position as an aviation leader in the global map

The airline has made it possible to enhance the frequency between Delhi and Vancouver routes as well as to establish several new domestic services. 

“This sizeable frequency increase to the US and the UK, as well as the addition of new city pairs and improved aircraft cabin interiors, comes just 10 months after Air India’s acquisition by the Tata Group. It is a clear signal of our intent, and an early step towards a much bigger aspiration.”

“As Air India reinvents itself under the Vihaan.AI transformation programme, adding frequency and improving connectivity from major Indian cities to more international destinations is a significant focus.”

–Campbell Wilson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Air India

The plan, called “Vihaan.AI,” is a detailed roadmap with specific milestones that, according to the airline, focuses on taking a leadership position in technology, sustainability, and innovation, while also aggressively investing behind the best available talent. Vihaan.AI is Sanskrit for “the dawn of a new era,” and it signifies “dramatically growing both network and fleet.”

Air India is adding weekly frequencies from different Indian cities to London, Birmingham, and San Francisco as part of its transformational plan

Also read: Air India unveils Vihaan – a comprehensive 5-year transformation plan

An official of Air India commented that the immediate priority of the airline is still to address the fundamentals. The focus will be on developing excellence over the medium to long term in order to become a leader in the industry globally.

Also read: Air India preparing to compete with the leading airlines of the world

Wide-body and narrow-body aircraft that are currently in the fleet are being worked on by Air India to get them back into service. In September, Air India announced that it would lease 30 new aircraft over the course of the next 15 months and introduce premium economy for the first time months after Tata Group reclaimed control of the company, which the government had taken over 69 years earlier.

In addition, starting on February 14, 2023, Air India will operate daily non-stop flights between Mumbai and New York.