Delta Air Lines is set to begin its first flight between New York-JFK and Mumbai (BOM), the only nonstop flight between the two cities. The inaugural flight will depart New York on 22 December 2019.
The start of this new flight will fill what the carrier notes is “a missing piece of Delta’s network”, connecting the US and India and will fill an important role on the cargo side as well.
The airline has scheduled a B777-200LR aircraft on the route providing extensive import and export opportunities for freight forwarders. Key export products from India are anticipated to be pharmaceuticals, automobile parts, perishables, courier shipments and general cargo.
“This is an exciting new route for us and the extensive connections from New York really plays to our network strength in the US providing customers with significant opportunities for import and export in a market that is seeing huge growth,” says Gonzalo Hernandez, Delta Cargo Sales, EMEAI.
“India has been the missing piece of our cargo portfolio and we are receiving a warm welcome back into the market from our customers and partners,” he adds.
The timing of the daily flight into New York means that freight can connect through one of Delta’s largest hubs to more than 50 convenient onward connections throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the carrier says.
For temperature sensitive freight, the expanded coolers in the New York warehouse ensures there is capacity, alongside the airline’s high-quality service, for pharmaceuticals.
Delta is supported in the Indian market by its long-term partner Sharaf Cargo who will be the airline’s general sales agent for India.
Delta has grown its presence in New York City by over 65 per cent in the last 10 years and today operates more than 500 peak-day departures from its hubs at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport – including more than 200 daily departures from JFK, where Delta and its partners serve 43 international destinations in more than 30 countries.