The government of India is set to start commercial flights from Kathmoud to New York City, and it has secured $1.8 billion in funds for the project.
The $1 billion is for six aircraft, which will be able to carry passengers for an estimated seven hours, said an official with India’s National Tourism Organisation (NTO).
The NTO, a government body, announced the announcement late on Monday.
The planes will be made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, a state-owned firm.
The first plane is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019.
The NTO has also been working with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on a project to test the technology of space flight in the region, which is already undergoing major tests.
India is set for a $2 billion programme to build an unmanned space launch system to launch satellites into space from a pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.
The space programme, the first of its kind, aims to establish a permanent space station for Indian citizens.
The launch vehicle is scheduled to be made in 2020 and the launch pad is set at an altitude of about 300km, according to an official.
The company has been developing an unmanned system for Indian astronauts for the past three years.
The development is the first commercial launch from Sriharikkota, which had already launched two other commercial satellites in October 2016 and April 2017.
The Indian space agency has also begun construction of a launch pad in the area of the spaceport.
The NDTV report said that in April 2018, India signed a contract with the US company SpaceX to send a satellite into orbit, which was successfully completed.