United Airlines cancels Delhi-Chicago flight; passengers stranded at Delhi airport

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Chicago-bound United Airlines cancelled its flight from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after a major technical snag was detected in the aircraft.

The Boeing 787-9, registration N36962, Flight UA-713 was scheduled for take-off at 1.10 AM on Friday, November 25 after being pushed back from the bay at Delhi airport as the pilot of United Airlines announced that the flight was facing some technical issues and the plane is returning to the parking bay again.

“Our team at Delhi International Airport provided assistance to customers of United flight 713 (Delhi-Chicago O’Hare) of Friday, which was canceled following a technical issue and our crew subsequently exceeding their duty hours. The aircraft is scheduled to depart Delhi for Chicago O’Hare at 3.15 am on Saturday (Nov 26, IST).”

Spokesperson, United Airlines

Around 198 United Airlines passengers are stranded at Delhi airport, accusing airline staff of not providing accommodation on time.

United Airlines has deployed Boeing aircraft for long-haul flights for Chicago operations, hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Delhi airport since the intervening night of Friday and passengers are accusing the airline staff of not providing proper arrangements.

The B787 aircraft can accommodate a total of 257 passengers in a four-class configuration – 48 in Polaris Business, 21 in Premium Plus, 39 in Economy Plus, and 149 in Economy.

United Airlines cancels Delhi-Chicago flight; passengers stranded at Delhi airport

“Airline company not giving real-time information about the next flight, no accommodation was given on time,” a passenger told ANI.

According to Delhi airport officials, United Airlines staff later declared the flight as Aircraft on Ground (AOG) due to the flight duty time limit (FDTL) of crew members. The flight will take off from Delhi on Saturday, November 26 at around 3 AM. United Airlines’ official statement on this incident is availed.

The daily Boeing 787-9-operated flight UA713 is scheduled to leave Delhi at 01:10 and touch down in Chicago at 07:00.

One of the world’s longest flights, flight UA713, is over 7,450 miles (12,000 km) long and takes off and lands on average in about 16 hours and 30 minutes. Singapore Airlines, which flies its Airbus A350 on the 15,349 km route between Singapore and New York JFK, currently holds the record for this feat.

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Air India begins flying its Boeing 777-200LR between the two tech hubs and will remain the sole operator on the route for quite some time.

The plane in question, N36962, had arrived in Delhi from Newark the evening before it was supposed to leave for Chicago in the early morning. The Dreamliner, one of 38 Boeing 787-9s in United Airlines’ fleet, was delivered to the airline brand-new in December 2015.

United Airlines has a growing presence in India and currently flies from Delhi to Newark and Chicago, and from Mumbai to Newark. However, the launch of the airline’s long-awaited service between Bangalore and San Francisco has recently been pushed back once more to October 2023.

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This delay means that when Air India begins flying its Boeing 777-200LR between the two tech hubs on December 2, 2022, it will remain the sole operator on the route for quite some time.

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