Delta – America’s Fastest Growing International Airline – Kicks off Another Week of Inaugurals with New Flights to Hungary, France
Delta expands international leadership position as only U.S. carrier to serve Budapest, Nice
ATLANTA, May 8, 2006 – Delta Air Lines this week continues its quest to offer customers service to more worldwide destinations than any other U.S. airline with the addition of two more trans-Atlantic routes from the United States. Tonight, Delta will operate its first flight from its New York-JFK hub to Budapest, Hungary, providing customers with a convenient link between the capital of Hungary and the world’s financial capital. Tomorrow night, Delta will operate the first non-stop flight from its Atlanta hub to the French vacation hotspot of Nice, complementing existing non-stop service available year-round from New York.
"We are excited to build on the momentum of the largest international expansion in Delta’s history by becoming the only U.S. carrier to provide a nonstop link between Budapest and New York while at the same time expanding our unique position as the only U.S. carrier to serve Nice,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network and Revenue Management. “These new flights offer added convenience for our business and leisure customers by making it easier to connect to the heart of Central Europe or to France’s Mediterranean coast without changing airlines or making multiple stops.”
While the new non-stop service between New York and Budapest initially will operate five-times weekly, Delta will expand the route in response to customer demand and offer daily round-trip service between Aug. 3 and Sept. 30.
“Delta is proud to be the emerging U.S. carrier in Eastern Europe and to further respond to customer demand for flights in this growing region,” Hauenstein said. “Customers are clearly enthusiastic about flying Delta to and from Eastern Europe as evidenced by the positive response we’ve seen to our new service to Budapest.”
On both of Delta’s new routes, customers will enjoy the comfort of the wide body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with the capacity to carry up to 204 passengers in a two-class configuration, featuring Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite™service.
Delta’s schedule between New York-JFK and Budapest, effective May 8, 2006:
Flight | Departs | Arrives
98 | New York-JFK at 6 p.m. | Budapest at 8.55 a.m.
99* | Budapest at 11.55 a.m. | New York-JFK at 3.25 p.m.
*Flight begins May 9
Delta’s schedule between Atlanta and Nice, effective May 9, 2006:
Flight | Departs | Arrives
142 | Atlanta at 8:20 p.m. | Nice at 11:30 a.m.
143* | Nice at 2:10 p.m. | Atlanta at 6:40 p.m.
*Flight begins May 10
This week’s inaugural flights to Budapest and Nice are the fourth and fifth in a series of 11 new trans-Atlantic routes to be launched by Delta by June. In April, Delta inaugurated its first service between Atlanta and Düsseldorf, in March its first service between Atlanta and Tel Aviv, Israel, and last week the first non-stop service between Atlanta and Copenhagen, Denmark. The next trans-Atlantic inaugurals are set for May 15 from New York-JFK to Dublin/Shannon, Ireland and Manchester, England. In total, Delta will offer non-stop service to more than 60 international destinations from Atlanta this summer, including 23 routes across the Atlantic. From New York-JFK, Delta will offer customers non-stop service to more than 28 international destinations with 18 routes across the Atlantic.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) is one of the world’s fastest growing international carriers with more than 50 new international routes added or announced in the last year. Delta offers flights to 447 destinations in 96 countries on Delta, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. In summer 2006, Delta plans to offer customers more destinations and departures between the U.S., Europe, India and Israel than any global airline*, including service on 11 new transatlantic routes from its Atlanta and New York-JFK hubs. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with nearly 40 routes announced, added or applied to serve since Jan. 1, 2005. Delta’s marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 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. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
*From the U.S., based on July 2006 OAG.
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