DELTA AIR LINES BEGINS NEW INTERNATIONAL HUB OPERATIONS,
GREATLY EXPANDED TRANSATLANTIC SERVICE
International Service to Create New Travel
Opportunities Across Delta Route System
NEW YORK, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today launched a major expansion of service across the Atlantic, including its first flights to 21 new destinations around the world.
The airline's growth represents the largest one-day international expansion in the history of air travel.
The airline conducted news conferences on two continents today, marking the opening of important international hub facilities in Frankfurt and New York. Delta's Frankfurt hub offers nonstop service to 13 cities throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S., while the New York hub at Kennedy Airport features direct flights to 34 destinations around the world. In both Europe and the U.S., Delta officials stressed the global impact of the carrier's new services.
This morning in Delta's Flight Center at New York's Kennedy Airport, W. Whitley Hawkins, president and chief operating officer for the airline, said: "Never before has such a comprehensive domestic route structure as Delta's been coupled with as extensive an international network as we are inaugurating today. Delta truly is preparing for the global marketplace of the future by designing its route system to enhance the ability of airline customers to reach key destinations around the world."
Delta's rapid increase in service results from a recent purchase of assets from Pan American, which included transatlantic route authorities and aircraft as well as the hub facilities in New York and Frankfurt. The airline will operate 183 round-trip flights per week across the Atlantic in November, compared to 92 weekly round trips in October.
"While the biggest U.S. impact will be felt in the New York area with our emergence as a major presence at Kennedy Airport, this expansion will affect every city served by Delta," continued Hawkins. "Customers who are already familiar with Delta service to points around the globe will now enjoy greatly increased air travel options. The addition of over 90 transatlantic flights per week, dozens of new routes and 21 new cities will benefit travelers and shippers everywhere and, equally as important, will make each Delta city a more convenient destination for air travelers worldwide."
The November schedule includes the first Delta service to Athens, Bombay, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Delhi, Geneva, Helsinki, Istanbul, Lisbon, Milan, Moscow, Nice, Oslo, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. The 21 new transatlantic destinations are in addition to the service Delta already provides to Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Munich, Paris, Shannon and Stuttgart.
Hawkins also noted that the routes and assets acquisition included Delta's hiring of about 6,600 former Pan Am employees. "These new employees are joining nearly 70,000 award-winning Delta professionals worldwide. We are pleased that our growth has brought so many experienced personnel to our team and enabled thousands of people who otherwise may have been left without jobs to continue working," he said.
Delta has led the major carriers for the 17th consecutive year with the lowest percentage of passengers issuing complaints to the U.S. Department of Transportation. With today's expansion, the carrier offers service to 213 cities in 33 countries worldwide.
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