DELTA’S OVERNIGHT FLIGHTS FROM DUBAI TO ANYWHERE IN N. AMERICA THE FOLLOWING DAY
May 09, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsDubai, UAE: Delta Air Lines – America’s fastest growing international airline – will enable travellers from Dubai to reach anywhere in North America by the following day when it begins its non-stop overnight flights to Atlanta from 1 June 2007.
Delta flight DL7 will depart from five times per week Dubai at 10:45 in the evening and touch down in Atlanta at 5:40am next day. The early morning arrival in Atlanta will enable customers to take advantage of the onward connections at the world’s largest single airline hub which has services to over 230 destinations. These include flights to all 50 U.S. states – the only airline to do so – as well as 70 international stops in 45 countries.
“The flight timings are very convenient. Thanks to the time difference, passengers can do a day’s work in Dubai, have dinner, pack, and be in Atlanta in time for breakfast. Transit passengers can be entering Disneyland Florida by mid-morning, be in New York or San Francisco in time for a business lunch, or even enjoying afternoon tea after already having checked in to their hotel in Honolulu,” said Jimmy Eichelgruen, Delta regional director of sales for the Middle East at a press conference at the Arabian Travel Market being held in Dubai.
“The new service will open up business, tourism and cultural opportunities between Dubai and the United States, as well as providing a gateway to popular onward destinations in the Caribbean and Central and South America,” said Eichelgruen. “There has also been a great deal of interest in the new service from cargo shippers and freight forwarders.”
When Delta flight DL8 takes off from Atlanta at 9:10pm on 31 May for the 14-hour flight to Dubai, Delta will become the only US carrier to operate non-stop flights between the US and Dubai, and the only carrier to operate between the Gulf and the Southern United States.
The new service between Dubai and Atlanta will operate using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft seating up to 268 passengers with 50 seats in BusinessElite, and featuring Delta’s refurbished business and economy class service. Customers can enjoy Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite service featuring all-leather sleeper seats with 152 cm of legroom, innovative food offerings designed by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein — including award-winning, original wine selections—, and industry-leading, on-demand personal in-seat entertainment boasting more than 20 first-run and popular classic movies, a variety of TV programs, a broad range of music, and a suite of 12 video games. Economy class customers also will benefit from new all-leather economy seats, amenity kits and enhanced food offerings.
Other new international Delta routes from Atlanta being inaugurated this spring include Prague, Czech Republic (2 May); Vienna, Austria (21 May); and Seoul, South Korea (4 June) and from New York-JFK airport to Pisa, Italy (31 May) and Bucharest, Romania (5 June).
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL.WI) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 311 destinations in 52 countries. With more than 60 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is adding international flights at a faster rate than any other major U.S. airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 32 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 600 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 462 worldwide destinations in 98 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.