Delta To Fly Shanghai-Minneapolis Daily

Delta To Fly Shanghai-Minneapolis Daily. Delta Air Lines plans to launch a nonstop daily service between Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) and its Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in June 2020.

The Atlanta-based airline plans to use Airbus A350-900 for 306 seats on the highway, devices that are proving to be very popular in the region. Delta has 10 of the 11 A350s flying in the Pacific, as part of a redesign that included the recall of its Boeing 747-400.

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Delta is requesting seven weekly "Zone 1" frequencies between China and the United States, covering flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, to operate this route. The flights in zone 1 are limited by virtue of the air transport agreement between China and the United States, but Delta said there were seven available frequencies, thanks in part to the recent changes planned by Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines, based in Chicago, that reduce the service in China.

This flight would be the first non-stop service between MSP and China. Delta is currently serving Tokyo from the Midwest and has announced plans to add a service in Seoul next April.

"This new flight between the United States and China will add a key competition between the gateways for the traveling public," Delta said. "The proposed flight will also connect to the China Eastern hubs and Shanghai Airlines partners in Shanghai, which will offer more travel options for passengers seeking access to the interior of China."

The service would also help replenish the recent drop in airport service in the "center of the United States," Delta said. The data provided by Delta to the US Department of Transportation. UU (DOT) show that the total number of seats between China and the main central centers of the United States has decreased by 30% in the July 2019 programs compared to last July.

Part of this change comes from the changes made by American Airlines, based in Dallas / Fort Worth, at its Chicago O'Hare center. American has booked flights between O'Hare and Beijing Capital International (PEK) and PVG since its winter program 2018-19, due to market conditions. The airline has requested DOT an exemption that allows it to interrupt its service, while retaining the rights on its route until November 1, 2019 at the latest.

"The rapid growth of capacity that has exceeded passenger demand has created an environment that has led to short-term reservations on all taxis," Mr. American told the Department of Transportation. "As such, offering daily non-stop services ORD-PEK and ORD-PVG in the current economic environment is not commercially viable."

In the third quarter, Delta announced strong demand for its services in China.

"Our revenues in China, based in the Pacific region, grew particularly well during the quarter, particularly given the additional capacity we put in the market," said Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta. "Our recent launch of Atlanta-Shanghai is meeting our expectations." Delta launched the road in July.