Air-India launches direct New York-New Delhi nonstop flight

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New York, Feb 9 (UNI) National carrier Air-India has become the first airline to offer a direct New York-New Delhi flight, after it launched nonstop services between the two cities.

The aircraft left John F Kennedy International Airport here for the Indian capital around 5 pm last evening and it is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi around 5 pm today. Earlier, the flight had departed from New Delhi at 3 am on Thursday and arrived at JFK Airport at shortly before 6 am yesterday.

The nonstop 14-hour service (AI-101/AI-102), expected to cut travel time between the two cities markedly, is said to redefine air travel. This new service contains better and expanded passenger amenities. The aircraft is equipped with the latest in-flight features, including on-demand audio and video entertainment in each seat.

The 238-seat Boeing 727-200LR aircraft has eight seats in First Class, 35 in Executive Class and 195 seats in Economy Class.

Last year, the air carrier launched a nonstop service between Mumbai and New York on August 1, 2007. Also, the airline offers direct US-India service from Newark (New Jersey), Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles.

''India enjoys one of the fastest growing economies in the world, attracting visitors and major international investment in record numbers. We are increasing nonstop service to meet the rising demand for more convenient travel to India,'' Air-India's Regional Director P S Rajagopal said.

We are also proud to be invited to join the Star Alliance Network, which will allow us to significantly enhance the quality of our service and diversity of destinations we can offer our customers, he added.

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