TOKYO, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today expanded its Asia-Pacific network with the addition of new nonstop flights between Japan and two popular vacation destinations – Honolulu and the Pacific island of Palau.

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The new service to Palau brings to 17 the number of Asia-Pacific destinations offered by Delta. The Nagoya-Honolulu route establishes a new competitive option for customers traveling between the two cities.

"Delta has been a leader in providing service from Japan to attractive beach resort destinations including Guam, Saipan and Hawaii for many years," said Jeff Bernier, managing director -- Pacific Sales and Affairs. "Our new service to Palau and expanded service to Honolulu underscore our commitment to providing more travel options to customers in Japan."

Tokyo—Palau

Delta's new service between its Tokyo-Narita hub and Palau operates four times weekly and is the only service connecting the two airports.

Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean that lies 500 miles east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles south of Tokyo, is a popular scuba diving destination. In addition to divers, the island has been attracting tourists interested in its well-preserved natural environment. Nearly 30,000 Japanese tourists visit Palau each year.

The Palau flights, which are operated with 182-seat Boeing 757 aircraft featuring 20 BusinessElite seats and 162 seats in Economy, are scheduled as follows:


Flight

Departs

Arrives

Effective

Frequency

607

Narita at 3:50 p.m.

Palau at 9:10 p.m.

Dec. 22, 2010

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

608

Palau at 4:05 a.m.

Narita at 9:15 a.m.

Dec. 23, 2010

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat




Effective April 1, 2011, Delta will adjust its flight schedules to improve connections for U.S. customers flying to Palau.  The flight will have a revised departure time of 6:30 p.m. to enable connections from all of Delta's U.S. gateways via Tokyo.  The re-timed flight will arrive into Palau at 11:45 p.m.

Nagoya—Honolulu

New nonstop service between Nagoya and Honolulu expands Delta's reach from Nagoya where it now offers more service than any U.S. airline, with nonstop flights to six cities – Detroit, Guam, Honolulu, Manila, Saipan and Tokyo-Narita.  

The new flights also improve options for customers traveling nonstop between Nagoya and Honolulu by adding a second competitor on the route.  

"Delta's new service provides more travel opportunities to our customers in the Chubu region," Bernier said. "Delta continues to be committed to the Chubu market, and we will continue to work with Nagoya - Centrair International Airport, local government, businesses and industry partners to offer a broader portfolio to better meet the needs of the local market."

The Nagoya-Honolulu service operates with 216-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 35

BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy. Flights are scheduled as follows:


Flight

Departs

Arrives

Effective

Frequency

612

Nagoya at 7:50 p.m.

Honolulu at 8:05 a.m.

Dec. 22, 2010

Daily

611

Honolulu at 10:40 a.m.

Nagoya at 4:20 p.m. (next day)

Dec. 22, 2010

Daily




The new flights are part of Delta's ongoing expansion in Asia where it recently has seen revenue growth of more than 50 percent.  In addition to added service to Honolulu and Palau, Delta plans to add new routes to Guangzhou and Tokyo-Haneda in 2011, and expand service to Beijing, Manila and Shanghai.  

Delta now serves 17 cities across the Asia-Pacific region – Tokyo-Narita, Nagoya, Osaka, Pusan, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Palau, Guam, Saipan, Sydney and Tahiti*.  During the last three years, Delta has achieved a more than five-fold increase in Asia-Pacific markets through its acquisition of Northwest as well as organic growth.

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 358 destinations in 66 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 more than 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.

*Operated by codeshare partner Air France  

SOURCE Delta Air Lines

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