The Times of India is reporting that American Airlines is planning to re-start service to India — as early as this year.
Flyers between India and the US will soon be spoilt for choice with a slew of new nonstops on the anvil.
American Airlines (AA), which had pulled out of India route in early 2012 after its parent company filed for bankruptcy, is now planning to restart operations to the US very soon from here.
…”AA merged with US Airways in 2013 and formed one of the biggest airlines in the world. The merger is now almost over and the new AA is keen to restart flights to India at the earliest. That may happen this year itself,” said a source.
Now, this is based on an unnamed source. However,
- American Airlines has a new sales agent in India. American Airlines, of course, wants to sell tickets in the Indian market even without their own flight there. But this could still be significant.
- They’ve also brought back the Indian chef they used to work with on Delhi flights as part of their celebrity chef food service (her meals will be on transatlantic flights). While this may not be directly connected, it would be convenient.
- Finally they also split up India from the Middle East on their partner award chart. That would allow for some symmetry on the American Airlines chart if they served India (but not the Mideast despite past speculation about an Abu Dhabi flight).
While it’s not clear that Delhi would win out over serving Mumbai, and unclear which hub they would offer service from (American used to serve Delhi from Chicago O’Hare), it’s notable that American has been introducing Asia Pacific routes predominantly from Los Angeles. Last year American told us new Asia routes would be from Los Angeles.
Personally I’d love to see Hollywood – Bollywood non-stop, Los Angeles – Mumbai though Delhi always seems the safer bet for new routes. I’d bet that if something happens, it will be an announcement this year but that service won’t begin until 2017.
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