National carrier Air India will launch a flight to Chicago from Hyderabad via Delhi by this month-end.
"We are all set to operate flight service to Chicago, connecting Hyderabad with New Delhi from October 31," airline sources said adding that plans to launch a direct service to San Francisco were also being studied.
The airline would be deploying a Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft to operate the flight direct from Delhi, they said, adding that for the first time Air India would fly a Boeing 777 from Hyderabad.
Air India is eyeing the US-bound traffic from Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad with the proposed launch of the Chicago flight, they said.
The airline had earlier announced plans to operate flight services to Melbourne, Chicago and San Francisco from the winter schedule that comes into effect from October 29.
But the Melbourne flight plan was shot down by one of the Independent Directors in the airline's Board, who wrote to the Civil Aviation Ministry last month saying it would not be economically viable and only add to the losses of the cash-strapped airline, the sources said.
However, the option for starting a direct service to San Francisco are being evaluated, they said.
Government had appointed four Independent Directors --Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahindra and Mahindra Group, Harsh Neotia, Chairman of the Ambuja Realty, Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Fali H Major and FICCI Secretary General Amit Mitra in March this year.
Malaysian industrialist M A Yousufali was appointed as the fifth Independent Director in May.