Come Oct 16, fly Air India around the world in 32 hours

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on October 07, 2016


Delhi-San Francisco non-stop flight will fly over North Atlantic airspace and return via Pacific

From October 16, Air India will give its passengers the option of flying around the world non-stop in about 32 hours. Air India will become the only Indian airline to offer this facility to its passengers.

This follows the airline re-routing its Delhi-San Francisco non-stop flight to fly over the Pacific Ocean on its way from India and returning through the North Atlantic airspace. At the moment the flight, which was started in December last year, operates through the North Atlantic airspace in both directions.

“The aircraft will receive tail winds (which will help push the flight faster to its destination) in both directions. This will help the aircraft reach San Francisco and Delhi in the return direction 90 minutes earlier,” a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation told newspersons.

The saving in time on the flight will translate into a saving of about 7,000 litres of fuel in each direction, and several crores of rupees for the Maharaja.

The new flight routing has become possible due to certification of new rules for aircraft operating over the Pacific Ocean which were not there earlier, DGCA officials said.

In 1947 the now defunct US carrier Pan Am launched regular around the world flights. At that time Pan Am flight 001 started its journey in San Francisco touching down in Honolulu, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Delhi, Beirut, Istanbul, Frankfurt, London and New York.

Pan Am flight 002, started its journey in New York touching down in London, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Beirut, Delhi, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Honolulu before reaching San Francisco.

Published on October 07, 2016

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