After a one year hiatus, Delta Airlines have announced that they will be resuming their direct flights between Shanghai and their hometown – Atlanta.
Delta first launched this route in 2008 offering daily flights between the two cities. After a year’s worth of hype, passengers on the inaugural flight in March 2008 were treated to a Blues band and a 10 course meal. Economic woes and a jaded demand (apparently following the H1N1 outbreak), however, resulted in the airline cutting back to fewer flights a week until they eventually discontinued the route all together in 2009. They previously offered daily flights, but learning from their mistakes, Delta is re-entering the market cautiously–offering only twice weekly flights beginning June 2011.
Delta will fly from Shanghai direct to Atlanta on Mondays and Wednesdays with returning flights on Tuesdays and Sundays. With the reintroduction of the Atlanta flight, Delta is the ‘dirty south’s’ airline of choice for Asian travel.