Air India launched 3x weekly flights on Mumbai – New York JFK on December 7, 2018. Pakistan closed its airspace on February 27, 2019. This move had a significant impact on all airlines which flew over it. Due to the prolonged closure of Pakistan airspace, Air India, amongst other airlines, has had to reroute its flights, especially to the USA and Europe.
Air India flights to Washington, Chicago and New York JFK now have a technical stop at Mumbai and Vienna. Air India has cut the baggage allowance for their Mumbai – Newark flight due to payload restrictions on account of a longer route. It wasn’t just Air India. United, which operates non-stop flights to Mumbai and New Delhi from Newark temporarily cancelled their Newark – New Delhi non-stop flights till July 3, 2019.
Some flights like AI105/106 on the Mumbai – New York JFK route were cancelled temporarily from March 10, 2019. AI105/6 on the Mumbai – New York JFK route was supposed to restart from June 2, 2019.
But it looks like that won’t happen. Air India has closed reservations for 3x weekly nonstop AI 105/6 on Mumbai – New York JFK route till the end of winter 2019/20 schedule also. Air India has not clarified the reason is for Air India pulling out of Mumbai – New York JFK route.
Delta recently announced the launch of a daily non-stop flights on the Mumbai – New York JFK route with a Boeing 777-200LR. Tickets are already on sale, and the first flight is scheduled for December 22, 2019. Is it a coincidence that Air India decided to kill this route in the wake of this announcement?
Air India does have the aspiration of mounting additional flights on Delhi – New York route in the winter season. Is this the reason why they pulled out of Mumbai – New York JFK? They could have done both as Air India does have 2 777-300ER grounded since August 2018.
Did you travel on AI 105/106 on the Mumbai – New York JFK route?