Delta Air Lines Cargo will target the pharma, automotive and perishables sectors on its new service between New York JFK and Mumbai.
The weekly service will begin on December 22 utilising B777-200LR capacity.
Key export products from India are anticipated to be pharmaceuticals, automobile parts, perishables, courier shipments and general cargo.
Delta is supported in the market by its partner Sharaf Cargo, which will be the airline’s general sales agent for India.
“This is an exciting new route for us and the extensive connections from New York really plays to our network strength in the US providing customers with significant opportunities for import and export in a market that is seeing huge growth,” said Gonzalo Hernandez, Delta Cargo sales, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
“India has been the missing piece of our cargo portfolio and we are receiving a warm welcome back into the market from our customers and partners.”
The timing of the flight into New York means that freight can connect to more than 50 destinations throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.
“For temperature-sensitive freight, the expanded coolers in the New York warehouse ensure there is capacity, alongside the airline’s high-quality service, for pharmaceuticals,” the airline added.