Delta Air Lines is expanding its global presence with a new nonstop flight connecting Atlanta and Shanghai beginning this week. Officials from the State of Georgia, the City of Atlanta and Chinese tourism associations came together on Tuesday at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta to celebrate the launch of this new service that will connect the two major commercial hubs.
Speeches from Ed, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Chinese Consul General, the Honorable Li Qiangmin and the President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Hala Moddelmog, were featured at an evening reception that celebrated the two cities and cultures coming together.
“This was the No. 1 route that local Atlanta travelers have requested and we’re thrilled that we’re able to launch this flight at the end of the week,” said Ed. “Our new service will help bring our cultures and people together, which is core to our mission of connecting the world.”
Since coming into office seven years ago, Deal has led Georgia to become the No. 1 state in the nation for business for five consecutive years. In his remarks, Deal recognized the economic benefits of connecting the most powerful airline hub in the world to China’s business center.
“This is historic in many ways. It is a further confirmation of the relationship with the state of Georgia and the nation of China,” Deal said. “We have had an economic development presence in China since 2007. China has about 101 businesses that are located here in the state of Georgia and we have about 46 or more Georgia businesses that are located in China.”
Customers who fly the route from Atlanta to Shanghai will also be able to connect to 70 destinations within the interior of China because of Delta’s partnership with China Eastern.
Bottoms attributed much of the success of Atlanta becoming an international city to significant partnerships and actions.
“We are an international city because we are an intentional city,” she said. “We are intentional about our partnerships, and we are intentional about being a global transportation hub.”
A celebration was also held in Shanghai in June which included guests such as the Consul General of the United States Consulate in Shanghai, the Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, the Deputy GM of MU Group Service Division and the Deputy Director of Marketing Department S.I.A.
Delta’s partnership with China Eastern and joint venture with Korean Air support Delta’s Pacific growth, which includes recently announced routes between Seattle and Osaka, and Minneapolis-St. Paul and Seoul.