India's national carrier, Air India has decided to operate a daily flight on the Washington-New York-Delhi-Kolkata route, from December 1, 2009 onwards. The flight will put US capital on the airline's flight map. This time-saving flight, meant for those who travel from Washington, will have New York and Delhi as its stops, before finally terminating at Kolkata. The latest fleet of Boeing 777 LR aircrafts will be deployed on this route.
Devashish Ray, Executive Director of USAsian, a body of Asian communities, said that they were happy as their demand for such flight had been accepted. On the occasion, Shrikant Ghole, Chief of Air India in Washington DC, said that Air India was thankful to USAsian community for their constant support to bring the need of a flight from Dulles to India to a fruitful conclusion. The Indian-American community in and near Washington has welcomed this decision, as the demand for such a flight was being felt since several years.
From December 1 to 14, the flight from India will arrive at 9.30 am and depart from Dulles (Washington) Airport at 12.10 pm. From December 15 onwards, the flights will arrive At Dulles at 8.10 am and depart at 1.10 pm. The airline is planning to provide check-in facilities at all major points in India. Keeping the tastes and religious preferences of passengers in mind, the airline will provide pure vegetarian, Jain, halal and diabetic meals on flight.