Delta Plans More Flights to China

By Kurt Stolz on 19 August 2020
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Delta Air Lines announced it will add two weekly flights to Shanghai following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and China’s aviation authority that the two nations will double the number of round-trip flights permitted between the two nations.

Delta currently operates two round-trip flights to Shanghai, via Seoul, each week.  It will increase that figure to four by adding flights from Seattle and Detroit.

In making the announcement, Delta cited a “growing demand from customers” for such flights.

Prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Delta and its competitors operated dozens of flights per week between the two countries.  That air traffic literally came to a standstill when President Trump limited and then banned flights from China starting in late January amidst early fears over the outbreak.

Delta will operate the flights using Airbus A350-300ER aircraft that seats a total of 306 passengers in three distinct cabins.  The A350 features 32 Delta One business-class seats that are at least 22” in width and extend into a bed that is at least 76” in length.  The Premium Select premium-economy lite section seats 48 and offers standard coach seats with a seat pitch of 38”.

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