Hot on the heels of United Airlines being awarded a nonstop route linking Washington, D.C., and Beijing, Delta Air Lines has started campaigning early for the 2008 China-US flight path — we’re not sure why there appears to be a one-route-per-year limit on these things. Anyway, here’s a bit of the story:
Delta would provide daily nonstop service between Atlanta and Shanghai using its flagship Boeing 777 aircraft in a two-class configuration featuring business class service. Delta also plans to introduce fully horizontal lie-flat seats on its Boeing 777 fleet beginning in 2008.
Delta argues in the DOT filing that service to Shanghai would provide a much-needed link between fast-growing communities in the Southeast and economies across mainland China. Delta proposes daily, year-round nonstop service between Atlanta and Shanghai starting March 25, 2008.