Delta returns to India

MUMBAI, 8 May 2019: Delta Air Lines will begin flying a nonstop daily service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Mumbai effective 22 December.

The new route will offer more convenient travel options between the financial capitals of two large trade partners and boosts competition, choice and options for customers travelling between India and the United States.

“Delta’s nonstop service between New York and Mumbai is the latest example of our international growth as we strive to connect the world better than any other airline,” said Delta’s chief executive officer Ed Bastian.

Demand for flights between the US and India has increased by 60% in the last decade, and New York is the largest US market to India with the largest base of corporate customers.

India is also one of the most popular long-haul destinations for US travellers who usually spend more than 21 days in the country.

India’s tourist arrivals in 2018 have not yet been officially confirmed but during 2917, the country attracted 10.55 million tourists up 5.2%. During the same year, India attracted 1,376,919 million visitors from the US increasing 13.72%.

“Delta’s return to India in time for the holiday season marks a milestone for the company,” said, Delta’s vice president transatlantic, Roberto Loriatti. “Our nonstop service will be the fastest way for customers to travel between Mumbai and New York.”

The new service between New York-JFK and Mumbai will become Delta’s second-longest flight, and the airline will deploy its newly renovated Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route, featuring an all-suite business class cabin – as well as the premium economy.

Passengers in the Delta One cabin enjoy a private space accessed by a sliding door with personal stowage areas and full-flat bed.