What are Nonstop Flights between USA and India?

With more and more travelers searching for US-India itineraries with short flights, premium airlines are planning to launch nonstop flights between USA and India. At present, nonstop flights from USA to India are operated on nine routes, including two by United Airlines and four by Air India. Usually, nonstop flights cost more than direct flights and connecting flights. However, dropping prices of airline tickets to India make it possible for a certain group of travelers to afford nonstop flights between USA and India.

Most of the US to India nonstop flights cover thousands of miles within 14 to 17 hours, which is almost 10 hours shorter than connecting flights. Simple itinerary, convenient baggage handling and less jetlag are a few other advantages of traveling to India on nonstop flights from USA. The same is the reason for the success of Air India’s nonstop flights from US cities to India. Besides, cheap air tickets to India from USA are easily available these days at premium travel booking sites including Indian Eagle, a leading international air-ticketing agency and a most trusted travel-booking partner of Indians in the US.

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Nonstop Flights between USA and India:

  • Chicago (ORD) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • New York (JFK) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • Washington (IAD) to Delhi (DEL) by Air India
  • Newark (EWR) to Mumbai (BOM) by Air India
  • Newark (EWR) to Delhi (DEL) by United Airlines
  • Newark (EWR) to Mumbai (BOM) by United Airlines
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Delhi (DEL) by United Airlines
  • New York (JFK) to Mumbai (BOM) by Delta Airlines

United Airlines’ nonstop service to Delhi from San Francisco will be launched on December 5, 2019. United Airlines will surely get into a head-to-head competition with Air India over nonstop SFO to DEL flights, simply because Air India is the first choice for its generous check-in baggage allowance and Air India fare deals are cheaper than United flight tickets. While only one check-in bag weighing up to 23 kg is allowed in United Airlines’ economy class, Air India allows economy travelers to check in 2 bags; each of up to 23 kg. Besides, United Airlines charges passengers an additional fee for their preferred seats behind the Economy Plus rows on board.

In an unfortunate turn of events, Air India cut its free check-in economy baggage allowance to one bag of 23 kg for all Newark to India flights this April. Checking in a second bag with maximum weight of 23 kg, on Air India economy flights to and from Newark, costs USD50. However, the revision of Air India’s free checked baggage allowance for economy does not apply to Air India flights from other US cites.

Early in 2018, Delta Airlines announced its return to India with nonstop flights to Mumbai from USA. The date of Delta’s nonstop service to Mumbai is yet to be announced. Delta’s nonstop flights to India are said to take off later this year, though there has been no fresh update from the airline since the announcement in 2018.

In November 2018, the Federation of Indian American Associations (FIA) of Georgia presented a memorandum to Indian government seeking nonstop Air India flights from Atlanta to India for seamless connectivity to Delhi and Mumbai. Nonstop flights to India from Atlanta will benefit not only Georgia Indians, but also Indians in the neighboring states including Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. In response to the memorandum, General Vijay Kumar Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs promised to push Air India to connect Atlanta to one or two major Indian cities for the shortest trip between Georgia, USA and India.

Air India’s plans to introduce nonstop flights from Los Angeles to India and direct Dallas to New Delhi flights are still underway. If things go as expected, 2020 will see the launch of Air India’s Los Angeles to India nonstop service. Indians in Houston, TX have also their fingers crossed for nonstop flights to India from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).       

Booking of nonstop flights from USA to India will not burn holes into your pocket if you plan your trip at least 21 days in advance from the actual date of travel , if you fly before or after peak seasons, and if you subscribe to Indian Eagle’s free lowest airfare alerts.       

3 thoughts on “What are Nonstop Flights between USA and India?

  1. Aravamudhan Raman

    There should be more legroom in long-duration non-stop flights, so the passenger can have some good sleep. This will certainly offset the jetlag woes.
    Indians living in America and going to India will need to have two checked-in suitcases accommodated without needing to pay extra for luggage.
    Good quality food and beverages should be given.
    Special considerations can be given in fare for travel for large families flying together.
    Students of Indian origin need concessions in their ticket fare.

    These are some of the items many of us care for. Why doesn’t Air India adopt these?

    • Anon Ymous

      These are great incentives but hopefully airlines that provide these can stay in business. Airlines are cutting incentives to maintain or lower prices and asking for both things – lower price and better incentives may be difficult.

  2. sreeram

    I traveled in Delhi-SFO United. 787-9 is a good flight and flight time was under 15 hours. But the flight landed too early and immigration does not start until 6AM and so flight was no deboarded until 6AM. otherwise I am hoping we get to see non stop flights from Bangalore, chennai and Hyderabad as well, Bay area and EWR/JFK has enough indians to justify more non stop flights.


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