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A friend in San Francisco is trying to figure it out, given that there are (apparently) direct flights to Dubai, it should be physically possible, but wondering if such flights exist?

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Physically Possible and Makes Economic Sense are often two different things when it comes to flights... Don't forget that quite a few "very long" routes have been announced then cancelled of late, eg Singapore-Newark lost money – Gagravarr May 9 '14 at 7:21
It's physically possible to fly to the moon, but I don't know of any direct flights there, either :) – Flimzy May 9 '14 at 13:22
Yeah yeah, their point was it's physically possible AND economically possible to fly to Dubai, so the assumption was there may be one to India as well, especially given the high population and migration. However, as yet, there doesn't appear to be such a route. There was also going to be a Auckland to Chicago route at one point, but the demand wasn't high enough. – Mark Mayo May 9 '14 at 13:31
It's more than a thousand km from Dubai to India. – DJClayworth May 9 '14 at 13:41
New Delhi is closer to LA than Dubai is. – JonathanReez May 9 '14 at 19:14
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Singapore Airlines Cargo provides a cargo flight from Los Angeles to Mumbai. Otherwise no such flights exist from LAX, SFO or YVR (the only likely candidates).

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I might think of SEA as another candidate, but it doesn't have any flights to India either. – Nate Eldredge May 9 '14 at 14:03

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