It’s almost full. The first nonstop flight from India to the Silicon Valley – more precisely, from New Delhi to San Francisco (SFO) in the US – has seen 98% of its 238 seats booked.
The Air India flight is scheduled to take off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Wednesday and from Bengaluru on Tuesday night. It will see passengers from seven Indian cities, including Bengaluru, fly into Delhi to board the maiden flight to the West Coast.
“A smaller aircraft will carry passengers from Bengaluru and six other cities — Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi Ahmedabad and Pune — to Delhi. The Boeing 777 the only Air India flight from India to San Francis co, will accommodate these passengers,” V Chandrashekar, an Air India spokesperson, said.
Air India flight AI-173 will operate thrice a week. An Airbus-321 will ferry flyers from Bengaluru on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight will take off from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) at 9.15pm and arrive in Delhi at 11.45pm. From Delhi, the AI-173 to San Francisco will leave on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2.35am, ferry ing passengers in a Boeing 777-200Long Range air craft. This flight will arrive in San Francisco at 7am local time there.