In this week’s news, Air India will begin flying two more routes from San Francisco as it takes on more long-haul aircraft; Mineta San Jose gets new Tokyo service; United boosts its Australia schedule from SFO and LAX; as New Zealand drops its last COVID restrictions on international travel, airlines are adding more flights there from the U.S., including a revival of United’s SFO-Auckland service; United and Emirates announce a big code-sharing and frequent flyer partnership along with new United nonstop service to Dubai; there’s international route news from JetBlue, Delta and Southwest; United brings back SFO-Omaha service and JSX introduces an Oakland-Dallas flight; TSA adds more foreign airlines to its PreCheck expedited screening program; new studies find airfares remain high going into the fall, including for Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s travel; and Orlando International Airport will open a big new terminal next week.
Air travel between the U.S. West Coast and India was curtailed by COVID and the loss of Russia overflight rights to the Ukraine war, but Air India is looking to revive some of that service and introduce a new route as it adds more long-haul aircraft to its fleet. The company said this week it plans to begin new service between San Francisco and Mumbai and to bring back SFO-Bengaluru (Bangalore) nonstop flights as it takes delivery of five Boeing 777-200LRs (long-range) between December 2022 and March 2023. The airline didn’t specify starting dates or frequencies for the two SFO routes except to say that SFO-Bengaluru will operate three days a week. Routesonline.com reported that the SFO-Bengaluru service will resume Oct. 31. Also planned is new Mumbai-New York JFK service, supplementing the carrier’s Newark-Mumbai flights. Except for EWR, Air India’s current routes all operate into Delhi, including San Francisco, Chicago, JFK, Newark and Washington Dulles.
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