Air India’s Delhi to Washington Dulles
As well as the specially baked cake, Navtej Sarna, Ambassador of India to US and Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and MD, Air India, inaugurated the airline’s new flight from Delhi to Washington Dulles by cutting a ribbon at the boarding gate. The new service is the US airport’s 33rd capital-to-capital connection.
The inaugural events in Washington included a ceremonial water cannon salute, traditional gate-side Indian prayer ceremony, press conference, ribbon cutting and gala luncheon. The penultimate activity was undertaken by: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) CRO Jerome Davis; Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna; Air India Chairman & MD Ashwani Lohani; District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser; Governor of Virginia, Terry McAulliffe; and MWAA COO Margaret McKeough.
- Air India celebrated the first-ever non-stop flight connecting Delhi (DEL) and Washington Dulles (IAD) on 7 July, with the carrier scheduled to operate the route with a three times weekly 777-300 service. The Star Alliance carrier did operate to the US capital up until May 2010, when the city was flown to as a tag-on stop from its New York services. Sabre Global Demand Data shows that for the year ending March 2016, the Washington area welcomed more than 281,000 Indian visitors – making India the fourth largest overseas travel market for the region. “With international visitation between India and the Washington DC area expected to double by 2025, the Airports Authority’s partnership with Air India, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia is just one way we’re working to enhance the level of service offered at Dulles International,” said Jerome Davis, EVP and CRO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “Washington Dulles is Air India’s fifth US destination after New York JFK, New York Newark, Chicago O’Hare and San Francisco, and it reinforces our commitment to providing the most convenient service between the US and India,” commented Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and MD of Air India. The airline faces no direct competition on the airport pair. See how Washington Dulles Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.