After getting approval from China's Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), Delta Airlines is set to be the first US-based carrier to resume its first flights to China since it suspended them earlier in February.
On its website, the Atlanta-based announced it will resume flights to Shanghai-Pudong from the US-mainland today (June 25) with a twice-weekly Seattle-Seoul-Shanghai flight. The airline will use its Airbus A350 aircraft and the carrier will implement safety measures for travelers and staff.
For its schedule starting from July 1, Delta will operate once-weekly flights each from Seattle-Seoul-Shanghai and Detroit-Seoul-Shanghai using Airbus A350 aircraft. For the flights departing Seattle, the airline will shift to using Airbus A330-900 aircraft starting August 1.
“We are excited to resume our services between the U.S. and China, as economic and social activities start to recover,” said Wong Hong, Delta's President for Greater China and Singapore. “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.”
Delta's resumption of flights to China comes after the US and China set frequency limits on the number of flights between both countries.