ATLANTA, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning today, customers of Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will enjoy convenient connecting service to more than 20 cities throughout China under a new codesharing agreement between Delta and China Eastern, one of China's largest international airlines.
Delta flight numbers have been added to 49 China Eastern-operated domestic flights in China, as well as nonstop trans-Pacific flights connecting Shanghai with Los Angeles and New York. China Eastern flight numbers will be added on 38 Delta-operated U.S. domestic flights as well as trans-Pacific service connecting Detroit and Atlanta to Shanghai.
The codeshare alliance means Delta customers can conveniently book connecting service to 21 Chinese destinations served by China Eastern from its Shanghai hub, including Ghangzhou, Shenzhen and Nanjing. The Delta code also has been added to China Eastern-operated flights between Shanghai and New York and Los Angeles.
China Eastern customers will gain access to 21 North American cities on Delta's domestic network, as well as Delta's nonstop flights between Shanghai and Detroit and Atlanta.
A full list of destinations is available at http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=18&item=154. Tickets currently are available at delta.com and other ticketing outlets.
"Delta continues to grow its network in China with strong partners like China Eastern," said Vinay Dube, Delta's senior vice president – Asia Pacific. "China Eastern's extensive network and growing hub in Shanghai will complement Delta's existing service to China and improve our customers' access to destinations across one of the world's fastest-growing regions."
This summer, Delta will operate 47 weekly flights out of China. New service added this summer includes twice-weekly flights between Shanghai and Atlanta beginning June 5, and service between Detroit and Beijing five times each week beginning July 1.
In addition, Delta currently offers service from Beijing to Seattle and Tokyo-Narita; Shanghai to Detroit and Tokyo-Narita; and Hong Kong to Detroit and Tokyo-Narita.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year, and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 354 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 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, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines