Air India resumes flights from Mumbai to New York JFK for sale

Air India flies there to the USA this winter. There is no more Hyderabad-Chicago.


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    AirIndia

    IATA/ICAO code:
    AI/AIC

    Type of airline:
    Full service carrier

    Stroke(s):
    Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport

    Founding year:
    1946

    Alliance:
    star alliance

    CHAIRMAN:
    Campbell Wilson

    Country:
    India

While the upcoming Air India route from Mumbai to New York JFK was announced a few weeks ago, it has not been put up for sale. Now bookable, it marks the third time Air India has attempted the route since 2007. It’s one of Air India’s nine routes to the US this winter, but Hyderabad-Chicago is no longer planned.


Mumbai-JFK: bookable

Air India will depart Mumbai-JFK on February 14, Valentine’s Day, rather than the previously expected February 1. The 1-day flight will use more premium heavy 777-200LR with 238 seats instead of 777-300ER with 342 seats with lower premium seat. The schedule is as follows, with all times on site:

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  • Bombay to JFK: AI119, 00:55-06:55 comes the same day (16h 30m block time)
  • JFK to Mumbai: AI116, 10:55-11:35+1 (14h 10m)

Air India is no stranger to this route. According to US Department of Transportation (DOT) data, it was served non-stop between August 2007 and October 2010, then again from December 2018 to March 2019. Delta also operated formerly: November 2006 to October 2008 (when Air India was present) and December 2019 -March 2020.

The attractiveness of the market is not difficult to understand. Booking data shows that 147,000 round-trip passengers flew point-to-point between Mumbai and JFK in 2019. They paid an average of $540 each way (excluding taxes and any fuel surcharges). This rate was among the highest of any major market between India and North America and was 10% higher than Mumbai-Newark.

Air India Mumbai-JFK

Image: GCMap.

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As of November 16, Air India is offering 843 non-stop flights between India and the US this winter, up a fifth from the 693 in winter 2019. It comes from its route network, which has increased from five to nine, with all nine down summarized are:

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Photo: Vincenzo Pace I Simple flying.

Air India launched Hyderabad-Chicago in January 2021, a long market of 8,263 miles (13,299 km). It was attracted by 101,000 P2P passengers per year, making O’Hare Hyderabad the second largest US market after San Francisco. It ran 1 week with 777-200LRs. It was supposed to be up and running this winter in October, but it won’t be.

Air India carried 7,424 round-trip passengers between Hyderabad and Chicago in 2021, according to US DOT. With 8,568 passengers, it had a seat load factor of 87%, the highest of any of its India-US flights this year and well above the 74% average. Of course, SLF is just one element of performance, there were few seats for sale and it was a time of the air travel bubble.

Will you be flying between India and the US this year? If so, with which airline? Let us know in the comments.

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