Delta Air Lines has unveiled plans to launch
nonstop flights between the United States and Mumbai, India, next
Delta also intends to expand its existing
codeshare relationship with partner Jet Airways to provide
seamless connections to other destinations within India, subject
to government approvals.
The Mumbai announcement follows agreements between the
U.S. and the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to
address the issue of government subsidies provided to state-owned
carriers in those nations. The framework created by the agreement
allows Delta to move forward with flights to India.
"It is exciting to be able to announce Delta's
return to India from the U.S. as part of our vision to expand
Delta's reach internationally," said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. "We are
thankful to the president for taking real action to enforce our
Open Skies trade deals, which made this new service possible. We
are looking forward to providing customers in the U.S. and India
with Delta's famously reliable, customer-focused service operated
by the best employees in the industry."
The service is subject to government approval
and full schedule details are expected to be announced later this