United Airlines to halt Chicago-New Delhi service, delay Bangalore launch as India’s Covid cases surge
United Airlines said on Friday it is temporarily pausing service between Chicago and New Delhi in June and delaying the planned launch of flights between San Francisco and Bangalore as an explosion of Covid-19 cases hits demand.
Until the Chicago-Delhi route is halted on May 31, United said will use its larger Boeing 777-300ER jets on seven roundtrip flights to accelerate the repatriation of citizens between the two countries and the delivery of vital medical supplies. It was previously using the Boeing 787-9. United, the only US carrier flying to India, will continue its daily flights to Delhi from Newark and San Francisco and to Mumbai from Newark.
Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla on Saturday said the pandemic has brought in focus not just the role of governments but also of societies, companies and individuals in creating better outcomes for all. “The reality is that you can’t build businesses with spreadsheets. The most detailed business plans this year unravelled in the face of factory workers falling sick,” he said at the 56th convocation of IIM, Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile, Adani Group has procured 48 cryogenic tanks capable of carrying 780 tonnes of liquid oxygen, while Tokio General Insurance has committed funds to improve oxygen supply. ICICI Lombard on Saturday said it will give up to two months’ gross salary in advance to all its Covid positive staff.