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
"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
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
"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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