Air India, national flag carrier of India, will start first-ever nonstop flights between San Francisco and Delhi on December 2, 2015. Air India officials said the airline plans to launch service with three flights per week, on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, using Boeing 777 long-range aircraft. Since the flight will connect to Bangalore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad, inbound visitors from all these destinations will have more air choice to visit San Francisco, which is one of the most preferred cities for Indian travelers traveling to the West coast of the United States.
The San Francisco Travel Association was the first U.S. city to open their representative office in India through Sartha Marketing in 2007. “We are pleased with the announcement of the new route by Air India from New Delhi to San Francisco. San Francisco is a major gateway city in USA specially the west coast. We are confident that this new service will not only enhance travel and trade between these two cities but also connect other key cities in the region. With this enhanced air connectivity, we hope to welcome even more Indian travelers”, says Joe D’Alessandro, President and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association.
India is a very significant growth market for San Francisco Travel. In 2014, the city witnessed 149,000 Indian travelers. India ranks among the top 10 international markets, in terms of arrivals as well as of spending per visitor.
San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations of the world. There are many landmarks all over the city, which has a versatility that few other cities can claim. San Francisco is the center of one of the greatest technological districts on the planet and also one of the most environmentally friendly as well. And among those extremes, visitors find a never-ending metropolis of things to do. San Francisco is constantly evolving, but it is as charming and delightful as ever.
“I am excited that Air India has selected SFO for their newest route in the United States,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “This service firmly establishes our Airport as the premier gateway to Asia and the Subcontinent, and provides an unparalleled level of global access to our guests.”
Air India is the national flag carrier of India, serving 31 international and 59 domestic destinations over four continents. The airline is a member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline alliance, comprised of 28 international airlines serving 192 countries and 1,330 airports around the world.
San Francisco Travel has been very active in the Indian market via continuous and ongoing engagement programs. San Francisco Travel participated in India Mission organized by Brand USA in cities of Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. In addition, more than 1000 travel agents across India have benefitted from multi-city educational seminars in association with Brand USA.
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