Delta skips the Middle East and goes direct to India

Daily year-round service between New York-Mumbai to launch 22 December

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Delta Air Lines will launch a new non-stop service between New York’s JFK and Mumbai beginning 22 December, snubbing the Middle East in a show of defiance to UAE and Qatari airlines which it has openly accused of receiving government handouts.

“Delta’s non-stop service between New York and Mumbai is the latest example of our international growth as we strive to connect the world better than any other airline,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive Officer.

The JFK-Mumbai flight will be operated out of Delta’s premier international gateway at New York-JFK, and will offer convenient connections from more than 50 communities throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Delta first offered service between the US and Mumbai beginning in 2006. The SkyTeam carrier said  it was forced to suspend those services three years later due to “illegally subsidised Middle East carriers [making] the route untenable.” Delta applauded the Trump Administration’s 2018 agreement between the US and UAE & Qatar to address what it says were “Open Skies-violating government subsidies to state-owned carriers”.

Those airlines previously named by Delta were Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

“Subsidies pose a serious threat to American workers,” said Peter Carter, Delta’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. “Every long-haul route lost or foregone to subsidised Middle East carrier competition costs more than 1,500 American jobs, so we are pleased to bring this route back into service thanks to landmark agreements the Trump administration reached with Qatar and the UAE.”

Delta will fly newly renovated Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route. The aircraft features the Delta One suite, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort + and Main Cabin options for customers.

Delta One Suite | Boeing 777-200LR

The flight will operate year-round with the following schedule:

Departs Arrives
​JFK at 9.15 pm ​BOM at 10.50 pm (next day)
BOM at 12.50 am JFK at 6.35 am


Lead image: Mumbai City | Image credit: Mumbai Live

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