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United Cuts India Flights -- Conflicting Reasons

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Date: Sep 19, 2001

The daily flights between New Delhi and Hong Kong and from New Delhi to London have been cancelled.  Also, United Airlines has abandoned plans for a daily non-stop link between New Delhi and Chicago, which was due to come into operation from October.

The reasons for the removal of the India flights are vague, as the reports seem to conflict.  Here's what I mean (and read the highlighted sections carefully):

From Reuters newswire, Sept. 7, 2001:

NEW DELHI, Sept 17 (Reuters) - UAL Corp's United Airlines, which lost two planes in last week's terror attacks on the United States, said on Monday it had halted flights to India as part of a move to cut capacity.

United, the world's second-largest carrier, operated a twice-daily service to New Delhi, connecting the Indian capital to Hong Kong in the east and London to the west. The airline had also announced plans to start non-stop flights between Chicago and New Delhi.

``As part of the 20 percent reduction in United Airlines capacity announced by the company yesterday (Sunday), United services to India are discontinued,'' said an airline statement.

``Today's (Monday's) announcement is a direct result of the terrorist attacks in the United States,'' it added.

Two of United Airlines' planes were hijacked in last Tuesday's suicide attacks. The two jets crashed, one into New York's World Trade Center and one in Pennsylvania.

However, check out what United Airlines said in 'United Launches Daily Nonstop Service between Chicago and New Delhi', an article they published in their own NewsReal dated August 15, 2001:

As a result of the new nonstop service, United will withdraw service between Hong Kong and New Delhi and London and New Delhi.

Well, whatever the reason: no more New Delhi flights.

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