The new route will be operated by the airline’s newest long-haul aircraft, the Airbus A350-900.
Come 2020, Delta Air Lines looks set to launch a new nonstop service to Shanghai. In a bid to expand connectivity between its hub at Minneapolis-St Paul (MSP) and the Asia-Pacific region, the US carrier hopes to have its first-ever nonstop connection to China.
According to a proposal the airline recently submitted, the new service will be operated by its newest long-haul aircraft, the Airbus A350-900. Meanwhile, the route frequency has yet to be announced.
The Shanghai-Minneapolis service comes as the airline prepares to start nonstop flights between MSP and Seoul next April, which joins its existing route from the hub to Tokyo Haneda. The latter is currently the airline’s only service from MSP to Asia.
Delta CEO, Ed Bastian, said: “In addition to our Twin Cities customers, this new route will benefit travelers across the US with more competition and options for service to Shanghai thanks to our connecting hub at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.”
For travelers, the new Shanghai service means that they’ll be able to connect to services operated by partner carriers China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines, which fly to some 70 destinations in China.
Meanwhile, business-class passengers can look forward to flying in the airline’s new Delta One Suites, which are billed by the airline as “the world’s first all-suite business class” product.
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