Delta Reaches for China Market

Delta Air Lines on Friday filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer nonstop flights between Atlanta and Shanghai. In the filing, Delta proposes to begin providing the daily year-round service by March 25, 2008. The addition of such a service would also prompt the Atlanta-based carrier to put fully horizontal lie-flat seats on its fleet for the proposed 2008 service. "Delta's new flights to Shanghai will also fill a critical void in air travel today—the lack of service between the southeastern United States and China and the lack of U.S. carrier service between the Eastern U.S. and Shanghai—by providing improved access for customers in more than 130 destinations across the United States," Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein said in a statement.

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