On the heels of Air Asia discontinuing its India operations,the bankrupt American Airlines has decided to end services between Chicago and New Delhi,leading to loss of around 150 jobs.
The airline had been flying the New Delhi-Chicago route since November 2005.
However,according to sources in the know of the development,the American carrier will continue to offer travel choices between the US and India in conjunction with its OneWorld Alliance partners British Airways,Kingfisher Airlines and Finnair,via either Londons Heathrow and through its code share partner Jet Airways via Brussels.
The airline sent out an internal email on January 9 to its employees,saying it will end the Chicago-Delhi services from March.
We will cancel the Chicago-Delhi services effective March 1,2012. Some operational and business changes that occurred prior to the company filing for re-organisation will result in a reduction of around 150 airport-related (airport services work group) employees, the email had said.
The airline said it will refund the passengers affected by the ending of services. It plans to close its operations in New Delhi and reduce airport jobs.
American Airlines at present offers passengers a daily non-stop flight from Delhi to Chicagos OHare airport and back,flying Boeing-777 aircraft. The airlines last India-bound flight will leave Chicago on February 28 and the last return flight will depart Delhi on March 1, the source said.
The airline has indicated that the outlook for its Chicago-Delhi-Chicago services was clouded by the financial performance of these flights,besides weak global economy and high oil prices,they said.