Next year, Air India will add two new routes to the US with flights from Hyderabad to Chicago and Bengaluru to San Francisco.

According to a report from The Times of India (November 25), the Delhi-based carrier plans to start flights between Hyderabad and Chicago on January 9. Flights from Bengaluru to San Francisco will start days later on January 11. Both routes will operate on a twice-weekly schedule.

Due to the international air travel restrictions to/from India, the flights will be operated as part of the air travel bubble between the US and India.

The service between Hyderabad and Chicago will be first by any airline on the route, while Air India is the third airline to announce plans for flights connecting Bengaluru – considered as India's “Silicon Valley” - to the United States. Air India will be the first to open flights from Bengalaru to San Francisco, which will then be followed by United Airlines' planned launch of services on the route starting May 6.

Separately, American Airlines previously announced plans to start flights from Seattle to Bengaluru in October, then delayed the start to 2021.

In its own statement, the Bengaluru Airport stated that Air India will use Boeing 777-200LR jets on what will be the airline's longest route with a distance of 14,000km (8698 miles). The estimated flight time is around 16 hours. The airport further stated the flights would “meet the demand of corporate customers for travel to SFO and the adjoining area.” Bengaluru Airport further added that San Francisco is the largest unserved international origin/destination market for the airport.

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