IndiGo Is Now Asia’s First Aircraft To Land Using Indian Navigation System GAGAN

by Sanjana Shenoy
IndiGo Is Now Asia’s First Aircraft To Land Using Indian Navigation System GAGAN

India has created history in the field of air navigation services. IndiGo is now Asia’s first aircraft to land using the Indian navigation system GAGAN (GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation) at Rajasthan’s Kishangarh airport. This is the first system developed for India and its neighbouring countries developed by AAI and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Air India Start Its Longest Flight Spanning 16 Hours From Bangalore To San Francisco

Air India announced on November 25 that from January 11, 2021, it will start its longest non-stop flights from Bangalore to San Francisco. The flights will take off from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport. Operating twice a week with a B777-200 LR aircraft, you can expect a total thrill to fly from Bangalore to the USA. This new non-stop flight will be Air India’s longest route to and from India. Covering 14,000 km in 16 hours, this is expected to meet the demand of passengers flying for business reasons. Passengers can comfortably travel from Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) to San Francisco and adjoining areas of the USA.

The Flight Will Cover 14,000 km In 16 Hours

According to Times Now, the press release from Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) states “Passengers from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru can soon fly non-stop to San Francisco (SFO) as India’s national carrier Air India is set to launch a twice-weekly service, scheduled to commence from January 11, 2021.” This new route seats the record as Air India’s longest route of 14,000 km and the longest flight to and from India covering 16 hours.

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BIAL also adds “The first non-stop flight between Bengaluru and San Francisco is a significant milestone for BLR Airport and will transform it as the new gateway to India. This will tremendously help passengers, enabling faster and easier access to cities on the West Coast of the United States.”  Interestingly, Bangalore and San Francisco are the two most digitally advanced cities in the world. And it’s commendable that through Air India’s longest flight, these two digitally advanced countries can connect better. Meanwhile, have a look at the personal experiences of passengers flying on Vande Bharat flights.