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Delta launches nonstop service between Detroit and Beijing

6th July 2011 Print

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has started its nonstop service between Detroit and Beijing, expanding its Asian gateway in Detroit with flights to a third city in China.

The flight will operate five days each week on 269-seat Boeing 777 aircraft featuring full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, as well as Delta's new Economy Comfort class, which offers additional legroom and early boarding.

This summer, Delta will operate 44 weekly flights between Detroit and six Asian cities. Delta now serves three Chinese cities nonstop from Detroit – Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The airline also offers nonstop service from Detroit to Seoul, South Korea; as well as Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.

"With our new nonstop service between Detroit and Beijing, Delta continues to build our industry-leading trans-Pacific network, which provides convenient travel choices for our customers traveling to cities across Asia," said Vinay Dube, Delta's senior vice president – Asia Pacific. "As a major gateway to the region, our Detroit hub is a key part of our Asian network, and our new flight to Beijing will mean even more opportunities for economic development and job growth in the city."

Delta has expanded significantly into China in recent years and will operate 47 weekly flights out of China this summer. In addition to the new Detroit service, Delta recently began weekly nonstop service between Atlanta and Shanghai. Delta also offers service from Beijing to Seattle and Tokyo-Narita; Shanghai to Detroit and Tokyo-Narita; and Hong Kong to Detroit and Tokyo-Narita.

On June 1, Delta announced a new codesharing agreement with China Eastern, one of China's largest international airlines, which will allow U.S. customers to enjoy convenient connecting service from Shanghai to more than 20 cities throughout China. The new agreement complements Delta's existing codeshare with China Southern Airlines, providing Delta customers access to an extensive network throughout China.

On June 21, China Eastern officially joined Delta, Air France, KLM and other members of the SkyTeam international airline alliance. With membership that now includes China Eastern, China Southern, Shanghai Airlines and China Airlines, SkyTeam has emerged as the leading alliance serving China.

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