American carrier, Delta Air Lines is set to restart operations from Mumbai on December 24, 2019, connecting John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. This service will be the only nonstop service between the two hubs, and offer onward connections to 50 destinations throughout North America, Latin America, and Caribbean, including Atlanta, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco and Tampa. Considering the strong trade connects and tourist traffic between the two nations, Delta decided to bring Mumbai on its route network.
According to Jimmy Eichelgruen, Director of Sales, Africa, Middle East and India, Delta Air Lines, “India is an important market for Delta and both countries are strong trade partners. There are more Indian Americans in New York compared to other parts of the USA, and the connection offers access to students from India to our education cities in the USA, and therefore JKF Airport is an ideal choice to connect with Mumbai.”
Shedding light on the feeder traffic from Mumbai, Eichelgruen said that they have an existing interline agreement with Air India, and have signed another one with Vistara. “We will develop these associations and progressively look at code-share opportunities depending on the performance of the route.”
The airline will operate its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route, featuring Delta One Suite (28 seats), which is an all suite Business Class cabin, Premium Economy Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort and Main Cabin.
Flight DL25 will leave from Mumbai at 12.55 am to reach JFK at 6.25 am. On the return leg, Flight DL 24 will depart from JFK at 9.05pm to reach Mumbai at 10.35 pm (next day)