United Airlines is scheduled to begin daily flights from here to San Francisco in the last quarter of 2022, according to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
The new route (service) is United’s first-ever nonstop service between Bengaluru and the US,” the carrier’s statement noted.
The new flight builds on the airline’s existing services from New Delhi to Newark, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as from Mumbai to Newark, it stated.
United’s service from Bengaluru to San Francisco will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring a total of 257 seats — 48 flat-bed seats in business class, 21 seats in premium-plus class and 188 seats in economy class. United offers more flights between India and the US than any other US carrier.
United has long been the largest US airline flying between India and the United States. In December of 2020, it launched a new flight between Chicago and New Delhi. Meanwhile, San Francisco received flights to New Delhi in 2019, with Bangalore becoming the second destination United would serve in India from San Francisco.
The route is heavily reliant on corporate travel. Connecting two major tech hubs, United is expecting that higher-yield business travellers will help push the route to profitability by offering a convenient, nonstop way to get between the two cities.
Nonstop ultra-long-haul flights are not an easy launch for any airline. The service, primarily targeting tech travellers from the Bay Area looking to fly to India’s growing tech hub, United is pushing back the flight as corporate travel and international flying has taken a hit from the recent wave of cases around the world.
Between the costs of operating the service and the required commitment of assets, United is waiting for the right time to launch the route.
To cater for the corporate demand, American Airlines is still dealing with a shortage of business travellers for its Bangalore – Seattle route.
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