American Airlines Launching New York-Delhi Route From October 31

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File photograph of a Boeing 737 MAX in American Airlines livery. Source: aviation_newyork

Starting October 31, 2021, American Airlines will introduce a new route between New York and Delhi operating year-round, with daily frequencies during peak season (November 17 through January 3), and 3x weekly frequencies for the rest of the year.

The schedule for the ~7,318 mile flight hasn’t yet been announced, though you can expect that the flight will take somewhere around 15 hours in each direction.

The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER. These planes feature a total of 273 seats, including 37 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats, and 212 economy seats.

The New York to Delhi route is being added thanks to the a strategic alliance with JetBlue in the Northeast. With this we’re seeing American expand into new long haul markets, while JetBlue provides much of the regional feed for these flights.

First American Flight to Delhi Since 2012

Website onemileatatime reported that the bigger picture, when it comes to the India service was that the airline planed to launch a Seattle to Bangalore flight as of October 31 as part of its partnership with Alaska Airlines, though it’s still questionable whether or not that route will launch, given that United announced a San Francisco to Bangalore flight. This would be it’s first flight to Delhi since the airline cut its Chicago to Delhi route in 2012.

New York-India Big-picture

  • Air India operates to both Delhi and Mumbai
  • United operates to both Delhi and Mumbai
  • Delta launched a New York to Mumbai route in 2019, though it has since been suspended, and it’s anyone’s guess if/when it will be restored

The launch of the new route between New York and Delhi, has made possible thanks to its new partnership with JetBlue, which is seen to be adding significant long haul service out of the New York area to countries like India and Israel, both of which were markets where the airline didn’t previously have a presence, onemileatatime reported.

“We’re offering 51 departures to Orlando on Saturdays this summer. That’s 2% additional capacity compared to the same period in 2019,” said Brian Znotins, vice president of network planning in an interview with TPG.

To support the pent-up leisure demand, American Airlines is adding eight new Saturday-only nonstops to Orlando (MCO), from a select list of cities. All flights will be operated by American Eagle partners on the Embraer 175 aircraft from June 5 through August 14.

The eight new Orlando routes join the airline’s previously announced daily service from Austin, which is slated to begin on May 6 with a Boeing 737-800.

American Airlines is hopeful that the strong demand will continue into the summer. In fact, it is planning to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity as compared to summer 2019. Of course, the lucrative business travel segment hasn’t meaningfully returned yet. Instead, it’s mostly pandemic-weary vacationers looking for flights to the beach or national parks.

The recovery in international travel is still in its infancy. Despite American planning just 20% less capacity in networkwide international flying this summer compared to 2019, the numbers differ greatly by destination.

“We’re going to be down 71% in seats in Western Europe versus 2019. Japan is down 79%. Eastern Europe we won’t fly at all,” Mr. Znotins said. Due to low demand, American won’t fly to Edinburgh (EDI), Scotland; Shannon, Ireland (SNN); or Hong Kong (HKG) this summer.


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