Now a passenger from America to Bhubaneswar will cover the distance in less than 24 hours as Air India is all set to launch direct flight service between New Delhi and San Francisco from December 2.
Air India will operate San Francisco-Delhi-Bhubaneswar flight on hub-and-spoke model. Passengers from San Francisco can travel to Bhubaneswar via New Delhi with the same boarding pass.
According to airport sources, the San Francisco-bound flight from Delhi will leave at 02.35 am and reach its destination at 06.00 am local time covering the distance in 16 hours and 55 minutes. On the return journey, the aircraft will leave San Francisco at 10.30 am and reach Delhi at 04.20 am.
The Bhubaneswar-bound passengers will then board AI 77 at 06.50 am and reach Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) at 09.15 am. The flight leaving Bhubaneswar at 09.30 pm will reach Delhi at 11.55 pm from where the San Francisco-bound passengers can board the flight.
The thrice-a-week flight, which will cover the distance in a little over 16 hours, will be the first direct flight between India and the US west coast.
In a bid to attract more passengers, Air India will connect seven cities with Delhi to fly the passengers to San Francisco on hub-and-spoke model.
Now, the service will be available only for San Francisco-Bhubaneswar passengers.