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Travel Delta Is First U.S. Airline to Resume Flights to China

00:26  23 june  2020
00:26  23 june  2020 Source:   travelandleisure.com

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(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc said on Monday it would resume flights between Seattle and Shanghai on June 25, making it the first U . S . airline to restart operations between the United States and China after flights were suspended in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc (N:DAL) said on Monday it would resume flights between Seattle and Shanghai-Pudong on June 25, the first U . S . airline to re-connect the United States and China after flights were suspended in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The flights will operate twice a

Delta Air Lines has announced it will resume its flights to China after nearly five months of suspended service.

a large body of water with a city in the background: Service will resume on June 25. © SEN LI/Getty Service will resume on June 25.

“We are excited to resume our services between the U.S. and China, as economic and social activities start to recover,” Wong Hong, Delta's President of Greater China and Singapore, said in a press release on Monday. “With a mission to connect the world, Delta is committed to getting our customers to their destinations safely and confidently, especially at this critical time. We are implementing unprecedented health and safety measures and practices, so customers are assured of ease and safety at all points of their journey.”

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Delta Air Lines Inc said on Monday it would resume flights between Seattle and Shanghai on June 25, making it the first U . S . airline to restart operations between the United States and China after flights were suspended in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delta Air Lines was the first carrier to suspend its China flights until April 30. Mere hours before the airlines first said they were halting all flights to China , The Seattle Times and Fox affiliate Q13 reported that the Snohomish County man who been hospitalized since shortly after flying home from

On June 25, Delta will resume service between Seattle and Shanghai-Pudong via Seoul-Incheon. The flight will operate twice per week on board an Airbus A350 aircraft. In July, the airline will resume once-weekly flights from Seattle and Detroit via Incheon. The flights are already available to book.

As Delta resumes its flights, it is with new health standards. All aircraft undergo electrostatic spraying before departure and cabin capacity is blocked at 60 percent in the main cabin to help promote social distancing.

United has not yet announced when its flights to China will resume but remains optimistic.

“We welcome efforts to allow for resumption of our service between the U.S. and China for the benefit of our customers,” a United spokesperson said in a statement to Travel + Leisure. “United aims to re-launch our service to China in the weeks ahead.”

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Foreign airlines that were barred from operating in China during the pandemic — which includes all American airlines except those carrying cargo — will be allowed The Chinese restrictions became a problem only in recent weeks, as Delta and United sought to resume flights to China in June.

While Chinese airlines continued US flights , no US airlines were operating to Mainland China Now, both United and Delta are seeking approval to resume service to China starting from June. This is the first real step the DOT is taking as US airlines await any approval to start flights to China .

In February, Delta, United, and American Airlines announced a temporary suspension on flights to China after the U.S. State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory.

When the airlines tried to resume their services, they were effectively barred from doing so due to a loophole in China’s post-COVID reopening procedure,  which led to the U.S. Department of Transportation banning flights from Chinese airlines. China eventually reversed its stance and allowed US airlines to resume flying.

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