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Delta Boosts International Flights in 2011

Airline targets high-demand business travel markets for selective international growth, applies for new routes to China

Nov 16, 2010

ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will expand its international schedule with new and expanded service to cities in Asia and Europe for spring and summer 2011, continuing its focus on markets with high demand for business travel.

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The airline's most significant expansion will be in Asia, where Delta has recently seen revenue growth of more than 50 percent. Delta today applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin new routes to Beijing and Guangzhou, and plans expanded service to Shanghai and Manila.

"International business travel demand is the underpinning of the global economic recovery," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president – Network Planning, Revenue Management and Marketing.  "With double-digit revenue growth in most every international business market over the last year, our 2011 schedule reflects a measured response to business customers' desire for increased access to the world's most important business capitals.  New flights to China, London's Heathrow Airport and increased flights to our international alliance partners' gateways at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol and Guangzhou are cornerstones of our international plan for 2011."

Delta recently affirmed that its capacity will increase between 1 percent and 3 percent in 2011 – consistent with projected global economic growth – and its fleet will end this year with 91 fewer aircraft than in 2009.

New or expanded international routes planned for spring and summer 2011 include:


 
 

Region

Route

Effective

Aircraft

Frequency

 

Asia

Tokyo-Narita – Guangzhou, China*

April 6, 2011

Boeing 767-300ER

New daily service

 

 

Tokyo-Narita – Manila, Philippines

April 5-July 15, 2011

Boeing 757-200

Second  flight four times weekly during peak season

 

 

Atlanta – Shanghai

June 5, 2011

Boeing 777-200ER/LR

New twice weekly service

 

 

Detroit – Beijing*

July 1, 2011

Boeing 777-200ER

New five times weekly service

 

Europe

Boston – London-Heathrow

March 26, 2011

Boeing 767-300ER

New twice daily service

 

 

Miami – London-Heathrow

March 26, 2011

Boeing 767-300ER

New daily service

 

 

Boston – Paris-Charles de Gaulle

March 26, 2011

Boeing 757-200

Third daily flight during peak season**

 

 

New York-JFK-Paris Charles de Gaulle

June 1, 2011

Boeing 767-300ER

Sixth daily flight during peak season**

 

 

Seattle-Amsterdam

June 1, 2011

Boeing 767-300ER

Second daily flight during peak season

 

 

Pittsburgh-Paris Charles de Gaulle

June 1, 2011

Boeing 757-200

Expanded from five-times weekly to daily for peak season

 

 

New York-JFK – Reykjavík, Iceland*

June 2, 2011

Boeing 757-200

New five times weekly service

 

 
 
         
 

* Subject to government approval

** Existing flights operated by joint venture partner Air France

The planned schedules for Delta's new and expanded service is available at http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=18&item=149.

Asia

Delta today applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to begin new nonstop service between its Detroit hub and Beijing, operated five times weekly. The proposed service will be Delta's third nonstop route between Detroit and China, complementing existing year-round service to Shanghai and Hong Kong, expanding Delta's Asian gateway in Detroit.

"Delta's announcement that it has applied for new service between Detroit and Beijing is another significant step in the development of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport as a leading gateway to Asia," said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. "This new route, coupled with Delta's existing service from Detroit to Shanghai and Hong Kong, would further strengthen the ties between Michigan and China, creating jobs and economic opportunities on both sides of the Pacific.

"It's the latest example of the benefits of our longstanding partnership with Delta, which has created jobs, spurred the regional economy and opened a world of opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs in Detroit and Michigan," he said.

From its hub in Atlanta, Delta will resume nonstop service to Shanghai on a twice-weekly basis. The service, which was first launched in 2008, was temporarily suspended in 2009 as the global economic downturn depressed demand for international travel.  With travel rebounding in Asia, Delta has decided to reactivate the Atlanta-Shanghai route on a reduced schedule for 2011, with future expansion possible based on performance.

"The decision by Richard Anderson and the leadership team of Delta Air Lines to restore nonstop service between Atlanta and Shanghai in June 2011 is yet another example of how Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport continues to grow as the world's busiest passenger airport," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "The addition of more flights will strengthen the ties between Atlanta and China and help foster important business relationships. Strong partners such as Delta enable us to more effectively pursue international economic development and investment opportunities in cities such as Shanghai that lead to job creation and wage growth in Atlanta and the state of Georgia."  

Delta today also submitted an application with the Department of Transportation to begin new nonstop service between its hub at Tokyo-Narita and Guangzhou, China, which would create convenient connecting service for customers traveling between the U.S. and China's third-largest city, which is a major commercial and manufacturing center. If approved, the service would reconnect two key SkyTeam hubs – Delta's at Tokyo-Narita and China Southern's at Guangzhou – after this route was suspended in 2009 amid the global economic downturn.

Service also will be expanded for the peak travel season between Narita and Manila, Philippines, which is one of Asia's leading travel markets. Delta will add one new Boeing 757-200 flight four times weekly between April 5 and July 15 to complement its year-round Boeing 747-400 service between the two cities.

"Delta is strongly positioned for future Asian growth thanks to our industry-leading alliances in the region," Hauenstein said.  "During 2011, SkyTeam will add three additional partners to cement its No. 1 position in Greater China, providing us an even stronger platform to invest in new flights to points across the Pacific region."

China Southern is currently SkyTeam's largest member in China. Korean Air is the largest member in Asia.  China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines and China Airlines are each slated to join the alliance by 2012.

Europe and Africa

Delta's growth across the Atlantic in 2011 will be focused at London's Heathrow Airport where it recently received new slot authorities from the U.S. and E.U. governments; in Iceland where it will introduce its first-ever service to Reykjavik; at its joint venture hubs with Air France-KLM in Paris and Amsterdam where it will expand service to four U.S. cities; and in Africa where it is adding new flights to Angola.

At London-Heathrow, Delta will add two daily flights to Boston and one daily flight to Miami effective March 26, complementing existing nonstop service to New York-JFK, Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

In Boston, the new service will be timed to connect to 15 nonstop domestic destinations served by Delta, as well as serving the local market, which is one of the largest travel markets between the U.S. and Heathrow.

In Miami, Delta will introduce new intra-Florida flights to improve customers' connecting options to and from Florida's biggest business and leisure destinations.

Effective March 26, Delta will add five new daily round-trip flights between Miami and Orlando; four new daily round-trip flights between Miami and Jacksonville; and five new daily round-trip flights between Miami and Tampa/St. Petersburg. The flights will be timed to facilitate new connections to trans-Atlantic flights from Miami. In addition to the new service to London-Heathrow, Delta's joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia offer nonstop flights from Miami to their hubs in Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam, Milan and Rome.

The intra-Florida flights will be operated by Delta Connection carriers Comair and Pinnacle airlines using 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets.

New service between New York-JFK and Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik, which begins June 2, 2011, is part of Delta's ongoing investment in the New York market, adding to the more than 40 new destinations introduced from LaGuardia and JFK combined in the last four years.  

Reykjavik will become the 38th international destination flown from Delta's JFK hub, strengthening its position as the leading global carrier at JFK.  With the summer 2011 schedule, Delta expects to offer nearly twice as many international destinations from JFK as its next largest competitor.

Delta also will expand its flight between Pittsburgh and Paris to daily service for the summer of 2011, up from five days per week in 2010; and add additional daily flights between Boston and Paris, New York-JFK and Paris, and Seattle and Amsterdam.

Each of the new routes between the U.S. and Europe will be operated within the scope of Delta's trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia.

In addition to its 2011 European growth, Delta will be adding additional Africa service from Atlanta when it begins flights between Atlanta and Luanda, Angola, with an intermediate stop in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 20 as previously announced. Luanda will become Delta's eighth African destination, further expanding Delta's position as the leading U.S. airline to the continent.

The new and expanded international service will be operated with a mix of aircraft that reflect Delta's investment of $2 billion in enhanced airport facilities and global products and services through 2013.  When complete, Delta will offer full flat-bed seats on more than 100 trans-oceanic aircraft, including all Boeing 777s, 767s and 747s, and will feature personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all widebody flights.

Introductory Fares

To celebrate its new service, Delta is offering special introductory fares* on its new routes, with limited-time savings available. Tickets must be purchased no later than Nov. 30, 2010.

Sample prices include:


 
 

From

To

Each-way fare* based on round-trip purchase

 

Atlanta

Shanghai

$679

 

Boston

London-Heathrow

$289

 

Boston

Paris

$599

 

New York-JFK

Paris

$619

 

Miami

Amsterdam

$399

 

Miami

London-Heathrow

$339

 

New York-JFK

Reykjavik

$289

 

Orlando

Paris

$599

 

Pittsburgh

Paris

$639

 

Seattle

Amsterdam

$689

 

 
 
     
 

*Additional taxes/fees/restrictions/baggage charges may apply. Fares are each-way. Round-trip purchase is required. See below for details.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 351 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection carriers: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America dba Delta Shuttle, and SkyWest; SkyTeam partners: Air France, Aeromexico, Alitalia, China Southern, KLM, and Korean Airlines; or Delta codeshare partners: Aerolitoral, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle, Avianca, Brit Air, China Airlines, City Jet, Horizon Air Industries, KLM CityHopper and Olympic Airlines.

*Terms and Conditions: Fares shown are available at delta.com. Tickets cost $20 more if purchased from Delta over the phone, $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited. Tickets: Fares shown are each-way. Round-trip purchase is required. Tickets must be purchased no later than November 30, 2010. Travel Period: Travel to Shanghai may begin on or after June 5, 2011.  Travel to Shanghai is permitted through September 30, 2011 and must be completed by October 30, 2011.  Travel from Boston and Miami to London-Heathrow and Miami to Amsterdam may begin on or after March 27 through May 11, 2011, and must be completed by May 15, 2011.  Travel to Reykjavik may begin on or after June 1 through August 29, 2011, and must be completed by September 29, 2011. Travel from Orlando to Paris-Charles deGaulle may begin on or after June 7 through August 31, 2011, and must be completed by September 30, 2011.  Travel to all other European destinations may begin on or after May 16 through August 31, 2011, and must be completed by September 30, 2011.  Blackout Dates: No travel is permitted to/from European destinations April 18-30, 2011.  Fare Validity: Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on Delta Air Lines non-stop flights only. Minimum Stay: For Asian destinations: 3 days. For European destinations: Saturday night. Maximum Stay: 1 month. Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta's cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. Taxes/Fees: Federal Excise tax of $3.70, Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $4.50, and the September 11th Security Fee of up to $2.50 for each flight segment are not included. For travel to/from Hawaii/Alaska, U.S. International Air Transportation Tax of up to $16.20 is not included. International fares do not include U.S. International Air Transportation Tax of up to $32.20 and U.S. and foreign user, inspection, security or other similarly based charges, fees or taxes of up to $299 depending on itinerary. Taxes and fees must be paid when the ticket is purchased. Baggage Charges: For travel within the United States/PR/U.S. Virgin Islands and to/from Canada, $23 USD/CAD* fee for 1 checked bag and $32 USD/CAD* fee for second checked bag when bags are prepaid during online check-in at delta.com. There is an additional $2 USD/CAD* surcharge for the first bag, $3 USD/CAD* for the second bag, when checking in via ticket counter, kiosk, or curbside. For travel to/from Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Mexico there is a $27 USD/CAD* fee for second bag checked when bags are prepaid during online check-in at delta.com. There is an additional $3 USD/CAD surcharge for the second bag, when checking in via ticket counter, kiosk, or curbside. For travel to/from Europe there is a 50 USD/CAD*/EUR* fee for second bag checked when bags are prepaid during online check-in at delta.com. There is an additional 5 USD/CAD*/EUR* surcharge for the second bag, when checking in via ticket counter, kiosk, or curbside. For all other travel, no fee/surcharge for 2 checked bags. For travel to/ from Asia/Europe there is a 200 USD/CAD*/EUR* fee for third checked bag; to/from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America there is a $100 USD/CAD* fee for the third checked bag. All allowances subject to size/weight limits. Contact a Delta agent for details.  SkyMiles Partner Offers: Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer. Partners subject to change. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/memberguide. Miscellaneous: Fares, taxes, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. ©2010 Delta Air Lines, Inc.

*Fees are CAD exit Canada, EUR exit Europe

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