Delta has unveiled plans to launch flights
between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and
Mumbai, India beginning 22 December 2019.
Delta will operate the route with newly
renovated Boeing 777-200LR aircraft configured with four classes:
Delta One suite, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort + and Main
The flight is scheduled to depart from John F.
Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 21:15 and arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
International Airport (BOM) at 22:50 the following day. The return
leg is timed to depart BOM at 00:50 and land at JFK at 06:35.
"Delta's nonstop 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. "This route would not
be possible without the administration's ongoing efforts to
enforce fair competition in international travel, ensuring that
consumers enjoy a wide range of choices as they travel the globe."
Delta first offered a service between the U.S. and
Mumbai in 2006, but was forced to suspend the service in
2009 as illegally subsidized Middle East carriers made the route
"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
subsidized 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 U.A.E."