INDIA: Air India plans to grow its lucrative US routes

Air India plans to add more capacity to a number of US destinations as it eyes a growth of 25-30 per cent in its revenues this fiscal year from this sector alone. Th e revenue from this sector is expected to reach US$830 million in the current fiscal year, from US$760 million last year. The […]


Air India plans to add more capacity to a number of US destinations as it eyes a growth of 25-30 per cent in its revenues this fiscal year from this sector alone. Th e revenue from this sector is expected to reach US$830 million in the current fiscal year, from US$760 million last year.

The airline plans to start flights connecting India’s Bangalore silicon valley with the US’ Silicon Valley with effect from August. Th e carrier, which plans to add 15 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, will also start flights to Washington and Texas.

Last month the carrier started nonstop flights between New Delhi and New York making a total of 38 weekly flights to four US destinations, which also includes Chicago, Newark and Los Angeles. Much of the current capacity between India and the US is carried by European and Southeast Asian carriers utilising sixth freedom rights.