Atlanta airport officials meet with airlines as part of trade mission to India

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Atlanta airport officials took part in a four-day trade mission last week Indiaa fast-growing economy that has long lacked a non-stop air link to the world’s busiest airport despite heavy pressure from a diaspora more than 100,000 strong.

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport General director Balram Bheodarideputy general manager and commercial director I love ka farrell and director of international affairs Alrene Barr joins 15 organizations visiting the cities of delhi and Hyderabad over the four days Indian Aerospace Mission led by the United States International Trade Administration.

From September 19-23, participants met with civil aviation officials in the capital, as well as international aerospace companies there and in Hyderabad, including Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructureswhich supplies the empennages of the C-130 cargo planes built at the Lockheed factory in Marietta.

ATL officials visited GMR Groupan infrastructure company with a maintenance, repair and overhaul unit called GMR Aero Technique. According to a LinkedIn post by Ms. Ferrell, they alsomet with executives from several India-based airlines and contributed to a healthy dialogue on opportunities for mutual growth in India and the United States”

The trip comes less than a year after Air Indiathe privatization last October, which saw the former national airline being handed over to Son of Tatathe industrial conglomerate that founded it in the 1930s. The new owners have announced an ambitious transformation plan that has already involved a head office move, the leasing of new aircraft and the announcement of new routes to the United States. United (San Francisco) and UK.

Atlanta airport has had discussions with Air India about previous trips but has not yet announced the return of nonstop flights to India, which are said to be among the longest in the world.

Delta Air Lines Inc. once briefly served India via a short nonstop flight to Bombay discontinued in 2009. When deciding to relaunch the direct route in 2019, the Atlanta-based carrier chose New York for the non-stop journey.

Still, ATL travelers have a wealth of one-stop options for reaching India via Europe and the Middle East, especially since the arrival of Turkish Airlines and qatarairways in 2016. Lufthansathe German carrier, has long served several destinations in India from Atlanta via a stopover at Frankfurtwhile Delta’s partners KLM and Air France serve the country through Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaullerespectively.

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