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Delta To Fly Shanghai – Atlanta Route With Upgraded Boeing 777

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Delta One Suite Cabin

From today, customers who book Delta Air Lines Shanghai-Atlanta daily direct flights can choose from four different seats, namely Delta One® Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+®, Basic Economy. For the first time, customers on the US-China route will have the opportunity to experience four different seats on the newly modified Boeing 777.

This is Delta’s latest initiative to provide a variety of exceptional flight experience for both business and leisure travellers. With four seat types on a passenger plane, this will give customers more choices than ever before, so customers can make travel plans that are more in line with their needs.

The newly modified Boeing 777 will officially fly to Shanghai-Atlanta daily direct flights from November 11, 2019.

In addition to four seats, customers can experience more advanced aircraft interior configurations, including a large-screen back-to-back entertainment system, full-spectrum LED cabin interior lighting, Gogo Ku on-board WiFi connectivity, and free mobile information. The modified 777 aircraft has an economy class seat width of 18.5 inches (47 cm), which is the widest in the Delta international flight fleet.

The upgrade of the 777 aircraft is one of Delta’s major investments in investing billions of dollars to enhance the experience on the client. In addition, Delta has modernized its cabin, including new seats and seatback entertainment systems (including free entertainment, free mobile information service), high capacity overhead baggage space, WiFi for all international flights, free meals for economy class passengers on some flights, upgrades to economy class snacks, free sparkling wine, Alessi exclusive Designed tableware, bedding on the Westin Heavenly Dreamer, on-board meals designed by famous chefs (some cabin passengers can book meals in advance), wines carefully selected by Delta’s sommelier Andrea Robinson, and LSTN noise-cancelling headphones and many more. In 2017, Delta’s new Airbus A350 passenger aircraft, which is Delta’s new flagship airliner on international routes, is equipped with the award-winning Delta-to-Business Class and Delta.

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KLM Prepares To Operate At Half Capacity This Winter

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KLM Fleet At Amsterdam Airport

The planned upscaling of KLM’s European network in September has been put on hold owing to adjusted travel warnings, prompting Code Orange (essential travel only) designations for the UK, Spain, parts of France and other countries. Compared to August KLM’s route network in September and October remains stable.


Parked KLM Fleet, Image Rights: Marco Spuyman
Parked KLM Fleet, Image copyight: Marco Spuyman

The European Commission has announced the extension of the ‘slot waiver’ to the entire winter timetable. This has enabled KLM to respond more adequately to the rapidly changing market conditions as a result of COVID-19, even during the winter season. 

In addition to the financial impact, operating less well-filled flights would also be undesirable from a sustainability perspective.


“We are making all possible savings within the group and in the companies, which is essential to be able to get through the months to come.”

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith told French daily L’Opinion

He believes that it may take until 2024 for Air France-KLM Group’s business to return to the level of 2019.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around 55% of capacity in 2019.

KLM was gradually and responsibly expanding its European and intercontinental network, after the corona crisis had prompted severe restrictions on destinations and frequencies. 

KLM’s primary aim is to offer customers the widest range of destinations, after which we will consider increasing the number of frequencies or expanding capacity by deploying larger aircraft.

In August, KLM served almost 100% of its European network in terms of destinations, with capacity at approximately 60% compared to pre-corona levels.

  • Effective 25 October 2020, KLM will begin operating daily flights to the Polish city of Poznan.


Intercontinentally, KLM served 80% of its destinations at 60% capacity. At present, a third of these intercontinental flights are carrying cargo only. This means seat capacity is way down. KLM will carry passengers on these flights again as soon as local travel regulations allow.

  • From the beginning of September, KLM will resume a twice-weekly service to the Chinese city of Hangzhou, flying via Seoul Incheon in South Korea. 
  • KLM will also operate a twice-weekly service to Cairo.
  • Riyadh will also be added to the KLM network as a new destination (original start was September 26th, but is now scheduled for December 7th). 
  • On 29 October, KLM will also start a circle flight to add Edmonton back to the Canadian network. The flight will depart to Calgary, then call at Edmonton and fly back to Amsterdam.

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