An e-mail from Delta’s corporate communications department in Atlanta Georgia dated April 30, 2019, confirms that the “New York to Mumbai flight will be operating daily”.
Delta claims it will be only US carrier to link New York-JFK and Mumbai non-stop.
At present, only Air India provides a non-stop flight between JFK and Mumbai. United Airlines also flies non-stop to Mumbai but from its primary hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
Frequent fliers to India on other SkyTeam airlines, such as Air France, KLM, and Saudia will also benefit by converting their points to Delta Sky Miles and fly direct between New York and Mumbai.
|JFK at at 9:15 p.m.||BOM at 10:50 p.m. (next day)|
|BOM at 12:50 a.m.||JFK at 6:35 a.m|
Delta plans to fly their newly renovated Boeing 777-200LR on its New York- Mumbai route. It will offer four different classes of seat products: Delta One suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.
It will also include WiFi Connectivity by Gogo Inc and free mobile messaging.
What makes the New York City – Mumbai route important to Delta?
The New York City Metropolitan Region is home to the largest diaspora of Indians in the United States. Their number is quickly approaching 1 million uni-racial individuals after 2020.
New York City is also the primary destination of new Indian immigrants to the United States.
Many Indian Pharmaceutical, Clothing, Food Manufacturing and Restaurant chains have gained a foothold in the United States by simply targeting their loyal Indian customers. They established offices, warehouses and restaurants by starting in New York City.
India is the 9th largest trading partner of the United States. It imports more than $25 billion worth of American goods every year, comprising of major items such as aircraft, computer hardware, medical equipment and fertilizer.
India exports more than $48 billion worth of goods every year to The United States, with major items like textiles, medicine, coffee, tea and other food products.
About 10% of India’s foreign investment comes from the United States, which is also it’s largest investment partner. Notable investments by the United States in India include power generation, telecommunications, ports, roads, petroleum and mining industries.
New York City: the financial capital of the United States
New York City is famous for being the financial, cultural and media capital of the world. It is the most populous city in the United States, with more than 8 million people living within its municipal boundaries. Another 12 million people live within the New York Metropolitan area.
Home to both NYSE and NASDAQ, New York is the heart of the world's economic engine. Close to 200,000 people work in New York's financial sector, generating a $70 billion in profit yearly.
New York is home of the Broadway with over 40 professional theatres representing the English-speaking theatre at the highest levels. It is also the centre of television production and sitcoms in the United States. ABC, CBS, and NBC are all headquartered here.
The city is also home to more than than 200 newspapers and 350 consumer magazines. The most prominent newspapers and tabloids amongst them include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Daily News and The New York Post.
New York City has remained the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States and has the largest foreign-born population of any metropolitan region in the world.
The city's landmarks are also major tourist destinations in New York. Some well known New York City locations known worldwide are Times Square, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park and One World Trade Centre.
New York City is primarily served by three airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia (LUA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). More than 135 million passengers pass through these airports every year.
From bargain hotels to the world famous Waldorf Astoria and mid-range hotels in between, this is no shortage of accommodation in New York City for the occasional or frequent traveller. However, choosing a place to sleep all depends on the purpose of your visit and where you will be spending most of your time.
Mumbai: the financial capital of India
Mumbai is the largest city in India. More than 12 million people live and work within its municipal boundaries. It is the financial and entertainment capital of India.
The Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. Mumbai is one of the top 10 centers of global commerce and trade. It is the economic hub of India with many of its important financial institutions and private conglomerates located here such as the Reserve Bank of India, Reliance Industries, Tata Group and Life Insurance Corporation of India.
Mumbai is known worldwide as the home of Bollywood, India's motion picture industry. It produces around 200 films every year at studios in Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri. India's premier entertainment channels such as Zee TV, Sony Entertainment, StarPlus and Sony ESPN are also headquartered in Mumbai.
Mumbai has many attractions and places of interests such as colonial buildings, museums, beaches, zoos, gardens, markets and religious places. Some of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Darga, Maratha Mandir (cinema hall), The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India.
Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). Domestic travel outnumbers International travel at Mumbai. It is a hub for Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet.
Mumbai offers many options for accommodation, however for those new to the city, it is best to stick to established brand name hotel chains. Many are easy to find around the airport as well as in South Mumbai, where most important businesses take place.
Delta’s ongoing feud in the Middle East
Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Kuwait, Gulf Air, Saudia and Turkish airlines dominate providing cheaper flights from North America to South Asia, with a stop-over in their home countries.
Delta makes no secret that it is competing directly against these airlines.
In December 2017, Delta, along with United Airlines and American Airlines, lodged a complaint to the incoming Trump administration regarding unfair subsidies provided to airlines operating from the Middle East by their respective governments.
That complaint resulted in a laptop ban in March 2017, for all flights departing from ten major airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Following strong reaction by the parties involved and the media, that ban was lifted in July 2017.
The ME3 (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar) are also some of Boeing’s biggest customers.
In early 2018, Qatar and the UAE signed an Open Skies Agreement with the United States on making transparent any financial contribution by their governments to their respective airlines.
This won’t change much of the aviation landscape that already exists.
About Delta Airlines Inc.
Commencing operations in 1929, Delta Airlines Inc is the oldest airline still operating in the United States. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is its primary hub. It employs more than 80,000 people with more than 14,000 pilots and 180 flight dispatchers.
Delta operates more than 5,400 flights daily. Its primary focus is the US Domestic market with additional hubs at Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Minneapolis.
With more than 800 airplanes, Delta operates the largest fleet of narrow-body aircraft in the world.
To save costs on new Aircraft, Delta often acquires and utilizes older aircraft, especially narrow-bodies. It has created a subsidiary called Delta TechOps, which provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul services, to support them and other clients and customers.
Delta is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, along with 18 other major International Airlines in the world from five different continents. The SkyTeam Alliance operates more than 15000 daily flights across the world.
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