BIAL operates India’s longest flight to and fro San Francisco

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Bengaluru, Jan 11: The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, which is operated by Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has further consolidated its position as the new gateway to India with the landing of Air India flight 176 from San Francisco (SFO) on January 11 at 0307 hours.

The flight, which will operate twice weekly to start, is Air India’s longest route in its network at approx.14,000 km (8,698 miles) and the longest flight to and from India (approximately 16 hours).

Despite the current subdued pandemic environment, the maiden flight from SFO was booked to capacity in all classes. This stands testament to the potential demand on this sector. This route is also one of the top 10 longest routes in the World, in terms of distance flown.

The start of this non-stop route marks a significant milestone for BIAL as it becomes the first city in South India to connect with the United States.

Commenting on the commencement of the new route, Hari Marar, MD & CEO, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), said: “It is a historic day for us at BIAL as we now a have non-stop route that connects two cities renowned for their technology prowess across the world. This fulfils a long pending demand of Bangaloreans and I am confident that this new route will further transform BIAL by connecting people and businesses.’’

At BIAL, Marar said, "We will continue to explore new routes that connect Bengaluru to key destinations across the world.”

The BLR-SFO route, which is in great demand, would enable faster and easier access to cities on the West Coast of the United States.

This is the first non-stop flight between Bengaluru and the United States, connecting the world’s two tech hubs and sister cities – the original Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley of India.

With Air India being a Star Alliance Member, convenient connections would be offered to passengers travelling onward. Hence, with the introduction of BLR-SFO flight, traffic flows will not be limited to only SFO but to the surrounding regions as well.






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  • Brian, M'Lore

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Its a great leap. Its a good start. Its a gorgeous journey.

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  • Alpha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Proud of our cockpit team who navigated the plane from San Francisco to Bangaluru international Airport. Congratulations team.
    Wondering when this international airport will be given to Adani on a platter by Modi? It may not take very long!

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    With drastic increase in covid cases in western countries why are we not suspending foreign flights. Even EU has banned UK flights but not India. Maybe govt thinks it can benefit from a second wave.

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  • NS Shetty, Surathkal Manglore

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Congratulations! ......This was a long overdue Flight.
    For reasons not known it was never introduced.
    Better late than never tho....
    Hope they increase the Frequency.
    Cargo shippers must take advantage of this Flight.
    Very good for Southern India residents (Hyderabad ,Vizag,Chennai , name a few ).

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  • Shedygury pintam, ???????? Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Empowered and empower.going on being strong!jai hind.

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  • Kabir, Cape town

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Girls you rock. Proud of you

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Was tracking this flight on Flightradar24/7. What an amazing path it took over the North Pole. Hats off to the crew. This is Women Empowerment.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Start a few flights from Mangaluru ...

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  • Kabir, Cape Town

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    You mean mangalore to San Francisco. Grow up

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Cheap Data, thanks to Relaince JIO. ...Kuch bhi type karo. Down Down Ambani, Down Down Adani.

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  • Kp, Kudla

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Still you use jio thinking it's cheap

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Kabir, Cape Town
    Mangalore is also an International Airport ...

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  • Venur Vinodh, Vidyagiri , Venur

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Congrats! Hats off to you all . It is really inspiring. Wish you all the best for happy flying.
    Lawyer Vinod Venur

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