Delta Air Lines has announced its newest trans-pacific route to Asia, flying from its hub in Atlanta to Shanghai, China starting next summer. Adding to Delta’s flights from Detroit, Seattle, and Los Angeles, Atlanta will be Delta’s fourth destination from Shanghai. When flights begin in July 2018, it will connect more than 150 destinations throughout the U.S. and the Americas to more than 50 destinations within China through Delta’s codeshare agreement with Skyteam partner China Eastern Airlines. Delta last operated between Shanghai and Atlanta in 2009, when the route was cut due to the global economic slowdown.
Creating a direct link from Atlanta to one of the most powerful economic centers in the world, the route is bound to open many industrial and business opportunities for Chinese and American businessmen. Delta provides non-stop flights to the largest three markets in Asia and with partner airlines, passengers can get to other 75 destinations via connecting flights. Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed said: “Currently, China ranks second for visitor volume to Atlanta, and we welcome the new travelers who will be able to come to our city or through our airport with this new direct route.”
In Shanghai, tourists can find an extensive list of activities; from trying local foods to taking architectural tours and seeing the imprint that occupying European forces have left, there is something for a person with every interest. Shanghai is also China’s largest city with a population of 24 million inhabitants and is known as the financial center of Mainland China, in addition to its cosmopolitan and diverse identity.
U.S. Senator David Perdue was quoted as saying that the route was “a huge win for Georgia jobs and businesses.” In addition, the route to Shanghai is the only route from the Southeastern United States direct to Shanghai, and Delta is the area’s only airline to operate non-stop flights from there to Asia.
Delta will be flying to Shanghai with their 291-seat Boeing 777-200LR. The aircraft has 37 seats in Delta’s premium cabin — Delta One, 36 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 218 Economy seats in the Main Cabin. However, Delta’s Boeing 777 fleet will soon be outfitted with their new Delta One suite product, which will debut on their Airbus A350 later this year. Both American and Chinese meal options will be featured on the flight.
Subject to governmental approval, flights to Shanghai will depart Atlanta at 3pm before arriving in Shanghai at 6:50pm the next day. Flights to Atlanta will depart Shanghai at 11:40am before arriving in Atlanta at 2:55pm the same day. The flight is scheduled at 15 hours 50 minutes to Shanghai and 15 hours 15 minutes to Atlanta, and at 7,660 miles direct, it will be the longest non-stop flight in Delta’s route network.
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