NEW DELHI: With the commencement of its non-stop flight to San Francisco from here today, Air India became the first domestic airline to provide a direct air connection to the West Coast from India.
The Air India flight AI 173, a B777-200LR aircraft, took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport with 230 passengers at 0235 hours today.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his September visit to the Silicon Valley had made an announcement in this regard.
A special cake was cut to celebrate the launch of the maiden flight and passengers were presented with a rose bud each at the time of check-in, an official release said.
The national carrier had also hosted a contest on micro-blogging website Twitter prior to the launch of its new flight to the US.