United Airlines starts Chicago to Delhi, its third route to Delhi
United Airlines began Chicago – Delhi on 10 December, returning to the USA two days later.
Flightradar24 shows that UA898 departed O’Hare at 1942 and arrived into Delhi at 2101 the following day after 13 hours and 49 minutes.
UA899 then departed from India at 0212 on 12 December and landed back into O’Hare at 0540 after just short of 15 hours.
United operates the 12,044-kilometre Chicago – Delhi service daily using 252-seat B787-9s. It competes with a six-weekly B777-300ER service by fellow Star Alliance partner Air India.
In 2019, the market had over 250,000 seats, flat since 2013. In 2011, however, it had over 427,000, the result of American Airlines being joined by Air India on a full-year basis.
Point-to-point traffic amounted to 127,000 last year, booking data via OAG Traffic Analyser shows; not surprisingly, Air India captured a good chunk of this. The carrier also captured a good amount of additional India to Chicago traffic.
It didn’t capture much traffic over Chicago, however, which United will be able to. But with the US3′ existing Delhi to Newark and San Francisco routes, how many additional O&Ds will be added to the pot?