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A view of the ramp at Bangalore Airport.
A view of the ramp at Bangalore Airport. Photo copyright Vedant Agarwal

The shortest flight between Bangalore and San Francisco

Despite the downturn in the IT market, San Francisco is still one of the top destinations from Bangalore – if not first, then definitely a close second, and Singapore Airlines and fellow Asian carriers Dragonair and it’s parent Cathay Pacific has traditionally dominated this market.

Emirates Boeing 777-200ER. Copyright © Vedant Agarwal. Photo used with permission.
Emirates Boeing 777-200ER. Copyright © Vedant Agarwal. Photo used with permission.

Traditional thinking at airlines believes that passengers prefer a shorter flight to arrive at their destination fresher and conventional wisdom made passengers believe that transpacific flights were the quickest to the US west coast from Bangalore, thus making the Singapore Airlines and Dragonair-Cathay Pacific flights the preferred choice.

It appears that Emirates airlines is slowly tearing away the myth of the shorter transpacific flight with it’s recently launched non-stop flights between Dubai Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Dragonair-Cathay Pacific rules the fastest flight roost with a Bangalore to San Francisco total trip time of 21 hours and 45 minutes, but looses on the return with a San Francisco to Bangalore trip time of 23 hours and 45 minutes.

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH at Frankfurt airport
Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH at Frankfurt airport. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal. Used with permission.

Emirates is rapidly risen to be the third ranked carrier, behind Singapore Airlines and Dragonair-Cathay Pacific on the Bangalore to San Francisco route, offering a total travel time of 22 hours flat, including transit at Dubai, when compared to the 26 hours and 05 minutes of Singapore Airlines including a transit at Singapore. On the return trip from San Francisco to Bangalore the comparison is even more lopsided, with Emirates taking 21 hours and 45 minutes and Singapore Airlines taking a whopping 32 hours and 15 minutes.

Another transatlantic carrier is second in the overall sprint list; Germany’s Lufthansa, which takes just 22 hours and 25 minutes from Bangalore to San Francisco via Frankfurt. On the return Lufthansa takes 21 hours and 30 minutes.

Clearly Lufthansa and Emirates are the airlines of choice for the fastest way to travel between the two silicon capitals of Bangalore and San Francisco.

Is it the great on-board service Singapore Airlines is renowned for, that is attracting the passengers, or a lack of knowledge about the total flight duration? I think it is the former, but what is your view. Post a comment.

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Update – 1
Thanks to some friends who have access to a GDS

Bangalore (BLR) to San Francisco (SFO)

Summer schedule

Cathay Pacific – 21h 45m
Emirates – 22h 00m
Lufthansa – 22h25m

Winter schedule

Cathay Pacific – 20h 50m
Emirates – 22h20m
Lufthansa – 22h 25m

San Francisco (SFO) to Bangalore (BLR)

Summer schedule

British Airways – 20h 55m
Lufthansa – 21h 30m
Emirates – 21h 45m
Cathay Pacific – 23h 15m

Winter schedule

Lufthansa – 21h 30m
Emirates – 21h 45m
British Airways 23h 05m
Cathay Pacific 24h 10m

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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