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Starting December 1, 2009

Air India announces direct service from Washington, D.C., to Dehli

Air India, announced the launch of its daily direct service from Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport to Delhi with new Boeing 777LRs, effective December 1. The flights will depart from Washington at 12:10 P.M., stop en-route at New York’s JFK Airport, and continue non-stop to Delhi, arriving at 4:45 P.M. the following afternoon.  Continuing service is offered to Kolkata.  Passengers bound for Mumbai will be able to transfer at JFK to the carrier’s evening non-stop JFK-Mumbai flight.

All of the flights from Washington offer a choice of Economy, Executive and First Class service. Economy Class seats feature a comfortable 34” seat pitch, a therapeutic footrest, and built-in 10.6” LCD monitor. Executive Class passengers enjoy the comfort of flat beds, a spacious 76” seat pitch, a privacy partition, and 15.4” LCD screen. And First Class cabins boast flat bed compartments with a built-in massage system, buddy seat, a large 23” LCD screen, and generous 80” seat pitch.

Other amenities onboard Air India’s Boeing 777s include personal entertainment systems with nearly 400 hours of individual, on-demand audio/visual entertainment, USB ports, laptop connectivity, and satellite telephone service in every cabin. Topping the list of most popular features is the choice of award-winning Indian or Continental cuisine and complimentary liquor service in all classes.

Travel agents earn 4% commission (without a cap) on all Air India tickets issued in the U.S.

Commenting on the Washington-Delhi flights, Mrs. C. Sarkar, Air India’s Executive Director, Americas, said, “Air India is pleased to be inaugurating the only direct service from Washington to India, and to provide an authentic taste of Indian hospitality to travelers from the Capitol region. Travel to Delhi, whether for business or leisure, has just become much more convenient and comfortable.”

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