According to this article, DL will be launching service to Chennai from JFK (via Paris) on May 11th 2005. I don't know a lot about India, but I guess the folks at DL think this service will work. I know Mumbai works well.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5106 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6021 times:
Yes, the schedules have been loaded in virtually all CRS except on DL's website. No official press release from Delta yet either.
The departure time from CDG at 1045 would allow a passenger from JFK to arrive on the later DL118 flight and still make the connection. DL118 arrives CDG 0910 and continues to BOM at 1120. On the return to CDG arrival at 0940, decent connections are available to ATL at 1155 and CVG at 1135. The DL119 to JFK leaves at 1035 which is too close a connection I guess.
AF will probably codeshare on this new flight as well.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5912 times:
Some comments here that I hope will not be deleted by the moderators since it contains information that has not been documented elsewhere as yet.
a) The Delta service will be subject to Government approval. India and the US have reportedly reached tentative agreement on a MOU to the existing bilateral which will grant US carriers access to Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore in exchange for Indian carriers granted access to San Francisco, Washington DC and Houston. The new MOU is expected to be signed in January.
c) There is a significant market for O&D traffic between Paris and Chennai, partly due to the proximity of the former French colony of Pondicherry. Air India has always seen a relatively strong market on this route, going so far as to have operated direct service in the early-mid 1990s.
d) Chennai is the third busiest airport in India for international traffic. Delta will be the 16th carrier operating international flights from Chennai.
e) Air France would not be able to codeshare on this flight unless the India-France air services agreement is modified.
Stealthpilot From India, joined May 2004, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5895 times:
Great news. Finally another option for us Bangalore people!! Hopefully this means I wont be forced to fly thru bombay anymore.
"Why Chennai, and not Delhi?"
If you ask me any city they pick withh do well, if they picked Hyderabad or Bangalore all would be full
Iowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5818 times:
Delta's World Gets Bigger -- Customers' World Shrinks: Delta Introducing Daily Service to Chennai, India via Paris
Wednesday December 15, 1:01 pm ET
Delta only U.S. carrier to offer service to Chennai and serve two cities in India
NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta (NYSE: DAL - News) customers soon will have more access to India with new, planned daily service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chennai (Madras), India, with a stop at Paris' Charles de Gaulle International Airport, beginning May 9.
Customers will benefit from the service and experience of the only U.S. carrier serving two cities in India, Mumbai and Chennai. Expanding international service is a key element of Delta's transformation plan, which will provide customers more access to the world.
"Customers in the United States and France now have direct access to one of the fastest growing service and technology centers in India," said Doug Blissit, vice president-Network Planning. "This new flight gives our customers in India more choices for international travel via two significant gateways -- Paris-Charles de Gaulle and New York-JFK. These cities offer travelers hundreds of convenient connections to destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States."
Delta currently offers passengers daily New York-Paris-Mumbai flights and daily seasonal service from New York-Frankfurt-Mumbai.
The new service will feature the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, featuring Delta's award-winning BusinessElite® service with seats in a 2x2x2 configuration and 60 inches of pitch.
DELTA'S NEW FLIGHT BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHENNAI, VIA PARIS*
Flight Departs Arrives First Flight
16 New York-JFK at Paris-CDG at 7:55 a.m. May 9
16 Paris at 10:45 a.m. Chennai at 12:30 a.m. May 10
17 Chennai at 2:30 a.m. Paris 9:40 a.m. May 11
17 Paris at 1:35 p.m. New York-JFK at May 11
* Times subject to change.
AirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5797 times:
IMHO almost all of the secondary indian markets need more international carriers.
I know that when I am flying YYZ to HYD I want to bypass BOM and DEL at all costs. My current options are limited to QR, EK and LH (Feb '05) so lets hope we see more entrants soon.
FlyingInTheSky From Kuwait, joined Dec 2004, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5740 times:
That's great ..... new competition .......
But isn't that long from JFK-CDG and then CDG-MAA . well , I don't know how long does it take for direct route from CDG-MAA ,but , I can tell a little of my experience it takes approx. 6 Hours CDG-KWI and then 3-4 Hours from KWI-MAA ......
Anyway it will be nice to see some more competition to our operation chennai.
Jasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5550 times:
A step in the right direction towards DL's setting up a hub-type op at CDG. SO far, it's only been the BOM flight that one could connect to... Any idea if DL are planning any more flights (to anywhere) out of CDG?
Flairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5435 times:
I don't think that DL is starting a hub type operation at CDG. What it is is that you cannot fly nonstop from the US-India, so if you are going to have to stop, why not stop in Paris, get a few Air France/Delta connections, and pick up some local traffic to fill the continuation!