At the beginning of the month, I wrote an article about Delta’s announcement to fly non-stop from the US to India by the end of 2019 but at the time, Delta had not determined from which US city the flight would originate.
In the article I detailed my thoughts about what city it would originate and what plane they would use. Well, it appears we now know the answer.
Delta Airlines has filed official paperwork that says:
DL024 JFK2105 – 2235+1BOM 77L D
DL025 BOM0055 – 0625JFK 77L D
IS THAT EVEN ENGLISH?
In more simple terms…
|Delta Flight #: 24||Delta Flight #: 25|
|Departure: 9:05PM||Departure: 12:55AM|
|Arrival: 10:35PM (1 day later)||Arrival: 6:25AM (on the same day)|
|Equipment: Boeing 777||Equipment: Boeing 777|
As I often do for quick reference, I consulted my go-to tool…google flights and sure enough…
I have a few additional tools at my disposal so I was also able to determine which variation of the 777 Delta will be utilizing and they will be operating a 777-200LR aircraft on this route.
The New York (JFK) – Mumbai (BOM) route is set to begin on 22 December 2019 but it also appears that Delta has filed additional changes to this flight. Originally, the flight was scheduled to fly 5x weekly during off-peak season (from 04 February 2020) and 7x weekly during peak season. However, according to google flights (and verified on Delta.com), the Skyteam member has scheduled this route daily on year-round basis.
My optimism got the best of me and although Delta did not put the A350 (pictured in the first photo) on this route from ATL, I am still excited about this route.
My primary wish is that Delta would upgrade their planes as they have one of the oldest fleets in aviation. However, my trip to India is about seeing “my kids” so I am excited regardless to if my seat lays flat or not.
Now, we just wait for Delta to release award space to Virgin Atlantic so we can arrive affordably because ~$2500 one-way in economy is ridiculous.
If you’re interested in this flight (or using Virgin miles to fly on Delta), you can instantly create Virgin miles with the following credit cards…
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- The Platinum Card from American Express (LEARN MORE)
- American Express Gold Card (LEARN MORE)
- American Express Business Gold Card (LEARN MORE)
- The Business Platinum Card from American Express (LEARN MORE)
It’s also worth noting that American Express often has transfer bonuses to Virgin Atlantic throughout the year and that would make your trip even cheaper.
Have you ever traveled to India? Does anyone plan to fly this route?