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Delta to Launch Flights Between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Shanghai in 2020

Delta Air Lines has unveiled plans to launch flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Shanghai, China in 2020.

Subject to government approvals from the United States and China, Delta will operate the route with Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

"We are honored to be proposing the first-ever nonstop flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul and China as we continue to expand across the Pacific," said Ed Bastian, Delta's Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to our Twin Cities customers, this new route will benefit travelers across the U.S. with more competition and options for service to Shanghai thanks to our connecting hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport."

Delta Airbus A350-900. Click to enlarge.

Commercial airline service between the U.S. and China is governed by existing agreements that limit the ability of U.S. and Chinese carriers to establish new flying between the two countries. Currently, however, there is availability for additional U.S.-China service that is not being utilized.

In its proposal to the DOT, Delta outlines its ability to offer travelers access to more than 70 destinations in China beyond Shanghai in cooperation with partners China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines. In addition, Chinese customers would be able to connect to more than 100 U.S. destinations through a single connection at Delta's MSP hub.

"Shanghai is the largest Asian market without direct service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport," said Brian Ryks, Executive Eirector and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. "Direct service to China would be a tremendous benefit to the Minnesota business and hospitality communities. By seeking federal approval to fly the route, Delta is once again reaffirming its ongoing commitment to the Twin Cities and creating opportunities for people and businesses throughout the region."

Delta's flagship A350-900 aircraft has 306 total seats, including 32 Delta One suites, 48 seats in the Delta Premium Select cabin, and 226 main cabin seats. All seats offer personal inflight entertainment and power ports. All cabins of service include complimentary meals, snacks and beverages.

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