Delta Announces Daily Service From LAX to Beijing
Delta has announced that starting in December 2016, it will offer daily service from Los Angeles International Airport to Beijing. Last summer, Delta began service to Shanghai, and with the addition of Beijing in December, it will be only the airline that offers direct service to both Shanghai and Beijing.
According to Delta, the flight will depart Los Angeles daily at 12:30pm and arrive in Beijing at 5:45pm the next day. The flight will then depart from Beijing at 7:30pm and arrive in Los Angeles at 3:45pm.
According to Yahoo:
Delta’s Los Angeles-Beijing flight will offer customers convenient connections to more than 39 cities in China, including – Chengdu, Shenyang, Qingdao, Xian and Hangzhou on SkyTeam partners China Eastern and China Southern, while the Los Angeles-bound Beijing flight will offer key connections to Denver, Las Vegas, Portland, San Diego and Phoenix as well as 35 other markets throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Delta’s new service will continue to support several established and emerging fields of business, including entertainment, technology, healthcare, government, education and professional services.
The route will operate using a 291-seat Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with 37 full flat-bed seats in Delta One, 36 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 218 seats in Main Cabin.
“Delta’s new nonstop service to Beijing continues our expansion in China, providing our business customers with access to Beijing and beyond through our partnerships with the market’s leading carriers, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President – Sales, West. “This is an important route for customers who will enjoy the investments we’ve made to upgrade Delta’s airport facilities, onboard service, full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in Delta One, WiFi, and industry-leading complimentary in-flight entertainment.”
Combined with its hubs in Seattle and Detroit, Delta will operate 21 weekly departures to China’s capital, Beijing. Additionally, Delta offers 28 weekly departures to China’s global financial center, Shanghai, from its key markets and hubs in Los Angeles, Detroit, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita.
The Asia market continues to be one that the airlines are competing heavily in, given that 21% of the Asia-Pacific market comes from Los Angeles. It will be interesting to see how the new route does for Delta.