Delta Airlines announces Atlanta-Shanghai flight
Delta Air Lines has applied for a once daily flight between Atlanta and Shanghai, China beginning in 2018.
The flight will be operated by the 777-200LR but eventually, this route may be operated by the Airbus A350-900.
Just last month, Delta began a route between Atlanta and Seoul, South Korea as part of their expanded partnership with Korean Air.
The new route fulfills a promise Delta CEO Ed Bastian made to Atlanta leaders shortly after taking over at Delta. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, speaking to the Gwinnett County Chamber in 2016, Bastian said "We gotta get the Shanghai flight back for Atlanta. We're working on that. I'm hoping that the next year or two, that'll be my personal contribution to the community. Because Atlanta needs Shanghai. Shanghai is the capital of Asia, from my vantage point, for the future"
The route will launch in June of 2018 and is subject to government approval. The flight will be Delta's fourth flight from Shanghai, joining existing service to Detroit, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Flight Departs Arrives
DL 185 Atlanta at 3 p.m. Shanghai at 6:50 p.m. (next day)
DL 186 Shanghai at 11:40 a.m. Atlanta at 2:55 p.m.
In 2015, Delta purchased 3.55% of Shanghai based China Eastern Airlines for $450 million dollars. Today's route announcement fulfills one of the eventual goals of this purchase in connections more Delta hubs to China Eastern's network.