Pittsburgh-To-Paris Flight Takes Wing


Delta Airlines will debut its direct flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Paris on Wednesday.

The airline will offer daily nonstop flights between Pittsburgh and Charles de Gaulle International Airport every day except Tuesday and Friday.

Delta said once travelers arrive in Paris, they can connect to 100 cities abroad with its partner, Air France.

The move is a big step toward re-establishing direct service to European destinations. Pittsburgh has been without nonstop flights to Europe since US Airways halted flights in 2004.

Delta will use a 757-200 airplane, which can seat a maximum of 234 passengers.

Delta, the second-largest carrier at Pittsburgh International, will monitor the Pittsburgh-to-Paris route for two years to see if it will stay permanently.

The flight is scheduled for take off at 6:15 p.m. All of the seats for the inaugural trip have been filled.

While some local and airport officials will be on hand for the departure, the large celebration originally planned has been canceled out of respect for the recent loss of an Air France flight in the Atlantic Ocean.

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