American hopes to capitalise on pent up demand with India flight

American Airlines Cargo will expand its network with the addition of flights to New Delhi – the first time the carrier has flown to the country since 2012.

The daily flights begin tomorrow (November 12) and operate between the Indian capital and New York JFK utilising B777 aircraft.

The carrier will add a daily service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR) in early 2022, linking “two critical global technology markets with the US and beyond”.

“The freight forwarder community in India is eager to support the launch of this international service that will connect many commodities, such as leather products, textiles, ready-made garments, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and technology parts with destinations around the world via JFK,” the US carrier said.

Tim Isik, sales director – EMEA & APAC for American Airlines Cargo, said: “India is a really exciting market for our cargo business and we are delighted to be returning to these key destinations. There has long been a demand from our customers in the region for a direct link with New York, and we anticipate strong support for the service.”

The company’s GSSA in India is Air Logistics, which will be selling outbound cargo capacity from DEL to JFK.

“Recent capacity constraints to the US have created huge demand for air cargo capacity ex-India and at such times when stimulus is needed to reinvigorate, recharge and revive our economies, this new service is a huge boost. We are ecstatic that the two largest production powerhouses of the world are on the cusp of being better connected through this new service,” said Sakshi Gupta, country manager India – Air Logistics Group.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]