Delta Air Lines is planning to begin daily service between Los Angeles International Airport and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on July 9, pending U.S. Department of Transportation and Chinese government approval.
The Los Angeles market makes up 25 per cent of all U.S.-Asia demand, according to Delta Air Lines.
If it receives the required government approvals, Delta’s proposed new Shanghai service would be the airline’s fourth daily non-stop flight from Los Angeles to the Asia-Pacific region.
The SkyTeam alliance member carrier already serves Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport and Sydney from Los Angeles
“Delta’s new non-stop service provides our business customers with more access to Shanghai and markets beyond through our partnerships with China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s vice president of sales ‒ West. “This route was the most requested by our corporate customers.”
According to Delta, its proposed Los Angeles-Shanghai flight would connect passengers to more than 25 cities in China. In the other direction, Delta’s flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles would offer connections to 40 markets throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
Delta would operate its planned new Los Angeles-Shanghai service using 291-seat Boeing 777-200LR widebodies, each fitted with 37 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 36 seats in Economy Comfort and 218 seats in Economy class.Daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Shanghai:
The airline’s proposed schedule for the route would see flight DL56 leaving Los Angeles International Airport (IATA code LAX) at 1:15 p.m. daily from July 9, and landing at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG) at 6:15 p.m. the following day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline.
Delta’s westbound flight would have a 14-hour block time.
In the other direction, flight DL57 would depart PVG at 8:55 p.m. and reach LAX at 6:15 p.m. the same day, local time, after re-crossing the International Dateline. This flight would have a block time of 12 hours 20 minutes.
Added to Delta’s existing service to Shanghai from its hubs at Detroit, Seattle and Tokyo Narita, the planned new service from Los Angeles would see Delta operating 42 departures each week to China’s largest financial center.
Delta also operates daily service to China’s capital, Beijing, from both Seattle and Detroit. The airline also serves the top five Asian markets from Seattle – Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
However, Delta has reportedly made its Seattle-Tokyo Haneda service a seasonal one and both American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation to replace the seasonal Delta service with year-round service to Tokyo Haneda, respectively from Los Angeles and Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
Delta is opposing both carriers’ applications.