Delta expands across China with SkyTeam partners

Delta Air Lines has significantly expanded its operations in China, as part of a new partnership with its SkyTeam alliance partners in Shanghai.

The US carrier is relocating its passenger operations from Terminal 2 at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport to Terminal 1, to allow passengers to more easily connect to a new range of domestic routes offered as part of a codeshare alliance with Shanghai Airlines – a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines.

Delta will move in with SkyTeam partner China Eastern Airlines at Shanghai Pudong Airport's T1
Delta will move in with SkyTeam partner China Eastern Airlines at Shanghai Pudong Airport’s T1

Under the new arrangement, Delta will be able to sell tickets for Shanghai Airlines’ flights connecting Pudong with Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Changchun, Guiyang, Guilin, Nanning, Tianjin, Haikou, Harbin and Wuhan.

These routes are in addition to Delta’s existing codeshare partnership with China Eastern, taking the total number of Chinese destinations offered by Delta from Shanghai to 30.

The codeshare partnerships commenced on 1 April 2015 and the terminal relocation will follow on 13 April. The move to Terminal 1 will also enable Delta passengers to access to China Eastern’s new 372m² SkyTeam Lounge, which opens in late 2015.

“By relocating our operations and growing our partnership with China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines, Delta will offer the most comprehensive intra-China network at Shanghai airport for our customers in the United States and China,” said Vinay Dube, Delta’s senior vice president for Asia Pacific.

Delta will operate 28 weekly flights to Shanghai this summer, including a new direct service from Los Angeles which is expected to commence in July. It also offers daily services to Beijing from both Seattle and Detroit.

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