Continental Airlines will become the first carrier to inaugurate scheduled nonstop service between the United States and India, with the launch of daily flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.“Continental will be making history by linking these two great nations with nonstop flights for the first time,” said Jeff Smisek, president of Continental Airlines. “The launch of our New York-Delhi nonstop service is an important addition to Continental’s significant international growth.”
The nonstop flight will cut travel time between New York and Delhi by over two and a half hours compared to current connecting service on other carriers between the two cities. Thanks to a multitude of one-stop connections via Continental’s unique New York hub at Liberty, travel times between most U.S. mainland cities and Delhi will also be dramatically reduced.
“The nonstop flights between New York and New Delhi will be welcomed by the increasing number of travelers between the two countries and give a boost to business and tourism,” said Neelam Deo, Consul General of India, New York.
Continental’s Liberty to Delhi flights are operated with a 283-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, carrying 48 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 235 in Economy.