Delta Air Lines announced it will begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Beijing’s Capital International Airport (PEK). The announcement comes a week after American Airlines announced it will begin service between Hong Kong and L.A.
Beginning December 16, 2016, Delta will operate daily Boeing 777-200ER service to Beijing from Los Angeles. The aircraft seats a total of 291 passengers with 37 lie-flat seats in business class, 36 in Delta Comfort +, and 218 in standard economy.
“Delta’s new nonstop service to Beijing continues our expansion in China, providing our business customers with access to Beijing and beyond through our partnerships with the market’s leading carriers, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines,” said Ranjan Goswami, Vice President of Sales – West at Delta.
Delta currently serves Beijing from its hubs in Detroit and Seattle. From Los Angeles, Delta currently serves four destinations in the Asia-Pacific region: Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita. “This is an important route for customers who will enjoy the investments we’ve made to upgrade Delta’s airport facilities, onboard service, full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in Delta One, WiFi, and industry-leading complimentary in-flight entertainment,” remarked Goswami.
|DL9||LAX 12:30||PEK 17:45 (+1)|
|DL8||PEK 19:30||LAX 15:45|
*All times local
The schedule is optimized for passengers to connect to nearly 40 other destinations in China and throughout Asia, including Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xi’an, and more. Westbound flights will be approximately 13 hours, 15 minutes long, while eastbound flights will be approximately 12 hours, 15 minutes long.
Delta recently completed a nearly $230 million renovation of its Terminal 5 hub at Los Angeles. The airline offers around 162 peak departures from LAX. Los Angeles drives approximately 21 percent of all U.S.-Asia demand.
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