ATLANTA, May 1, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Beginning today, Delta customers now have an easy non-stop connection from the United States to Denmark, as the country's fastest growing international airline inaugurates its first flight between the world's largest airline hub in Atlanta and Copenhagen.
"Delta is thrilled to launch this new service today and open our global network to customers traveling to and from Scandinavia," said Doug Blissit, Delta's vice president of public affairs. "The United States is Denmark's most important export market outside the European Union, Danish business and industry has a direct flight for the first time to the Southeastern United States and hundreds of connections throughout the Americas from Atlanta. In addition, Delta's new route also paves the way for easy access to travelers coming from the Americas to do business in, or vacation around, the gorgeous capital city of Copenhagen in Denmark."
"Because of Delta, Atlanta is becoming America's gateway city," said Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin at the Atlanta airport prior to boarding the flight to Copenhagen. "More than 100 Danish and Swedish companies have subsidiaries in Georgia and more than 60 companies from Georgia have subsidiaries in Denmark. Delta's new route will help underpin these strong relations and contribute to increased trade among the business communities in Denmark, Sweden and the U.S., all because of the direct service to Atlanta."
To celebrate this and other new international routes, Delta is inviting customers to visit Europe this summer and take advantage of special low fares. Customers should act quickly, however, as tickets for these select routes must be purchased by May 8.
Below are some sample one-way fares based on round-trip purchase:
Atlanta to Copenhagen, Denmark $309 Atlanta to Edinburgh, Scotland(1) $399 Atlanta to Nice, France(2) $359 New York City to Budapest, Hungary(3) $339 New York City to Dublin, Ireland(4) $199 New York City to Manchester, England(4) $199 New York City to Shannon, Ireland(4) $199 Additional taxes/fees/restrictions apply. Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com or from a travel agent. See below for more details. Note 1: Service begins June 5, 2006 Note 2: Service begins May 9, 2006 Note 3: Service begins May 8, 2006 Note 4: Service begins May 15, 2006
Delta's new service between Atlanta and Copenhagen will be operated with 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(tm) service. Additionally, beginning later this spring, Delta will provide customers with a more comfortable and entertaining international BusinessElite experience offering all-leather seats and state-of-the-art digital technology. The flight schedule will operate as follows:
Delta's new daily non-stop service between Atlanta and Copenhagen effective May 1, 2006:
Flight Departs Arrives 68 Atlanta at 6:00 p.m. Copenhagen at 9:00 a.m. 69(a) Copenhagen at 11:00 a.m. Atlanta at 2:55 p.m. (a)Service begins May 2, 2006
Today's inaugural flight to Copenhagen is the third in a series of 11 new trans-Atlantic routes to be launched by June. In April, Delta inaugurated its first service between Atlanta and Dusseldorf, and in March its first service between Atlanta and Tel Aviv, Israel. The next trans-Atlantic inaugurals are set for May 8 from Atlanta to Nice, France and from New York-JFK to Budapest, Hungary. 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's flagship hub at Atlanta is the fastest growing international gateway in the United States, with more than 24 new international markets announced since September 2005. Delta also continues to expand the number of domestic destinations it serves from Atlanta, including 19 non-stop destinations added or announced since September 2005. These schedule enhancements strengthen Delta's position as both a strong domestic carrier -- the only to fly to all 50 states (effective July 2006) -- as well as a leading carrier to Latin America and the world's No. 1 carrier between the United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel (effective July 2006(b)). This summer, Delta will offer more than 1,000 peak day departures to more than 240 non-stop destinations from Atlanta -- more non-stop flights and destinations than any airline hub in the world.
Delta Air Lines 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 daily flights to 503 destinations in 94 countries on Delta, Song, 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(b), including service on 11 new trans-Atlantic 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 more than 35 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.
(b)From the U.S., based on July 2006 OAG.
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Restrictions: Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com or from your travel agent. Tickets cost $10 more if purchased from Delta over the telephone or $15 more if purchased at an airport or city ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Travel agents may impose an additional service charge for ticketing. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Tickets: Fares shown are one-way. Round-trip purchase is required. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours after reservations are made or at least 7 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier, but no later than May 8, 2006.
For Budapest, travel may begin May 8 through May 25, 2006. For Copenhagen, travel may begin May 8 through May 25, 2006. For Dublin and Shannon, travel may begin May 15 through May 30, 2006. For Edinburgh, travel may begin June 5 through July 5, 2006. For Manchester, travel may begin May 15 through May 28, 2006. For Nice, travel may begin May 9 through May 25, 2006. For Atlanta to Europe, travel must be completed by July 24, 2006. For JFK to Europe, travel must be completed by June 25, 2006.
Blackout Dates: To Europe: Budapest -- 5/18-20, 5/23-25; Copenhagen -- 5/18-5/25; Edinburgh -- 6/5; Nice -- 5/16, 5/23-24. From Europe: Budapest -- 5/29-6/2, 6/18-25; Copenhagen -- 6/1-5, 6/10-28, 7/1-8, 7/14-19; Dublin -- 5/29-6/3, 6/17-20, 6/22-25; Edinburgh -- 6/28-7/10; Nice 5/28-6/3, 6/22-7/4, 7/7-11; Shannon -- 5/29-6/3, 6/17-20, 6/22-25.
Fare Validity: Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on Delta flights only. For travel to Europe fares shown are valid Monday through Thursday (Great Britain fares shown are valid Monday through Wednesday), while higher fares apply for travel Friday through Sunday (Great Britain, higher fares apply Thursday through Sunday).
Minimum Stay: Saturday night.
Maximum Stay: From ATL -- 2 months. From JFK -- 1 month.
Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Fares are nonrefundable. Delta may permit you to apply a portion of the fare value to future travel upon payment of applicable fees and fare difference, otherwise the ticket will have no value. Fees may apply for itinerary changes. Delta may allow you to cancel certain electronic tickets until midnight of the day after purchase (or midnight of the departure date of the first flight, whichever comes first) without penalty if purchased at the time of reservation directly from Delta. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. Taxes/Fees: Fares do not include a $3.30 Federal Excise Tax which will be imposed on each flight segment in the passenger's ticketed itinerary. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $18.00, depending on itinerary or September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 per round-trip. International fares do not include U.S. International Air Transportation tax of up to $29.00 and U.S. and foreign user, inspection, security or other similarly based charges, fees or taxes of up to $250, depending on itinerary. These taxes and fees are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is purchased. Bonus SkyMiles: Earn 1,000 bonus miles for each round-trip ticket purchased at delta.com, after you fly. All SkyMiles program rules apply to bonus offer. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/skymiles. Miscellaneous: Fares and rules are subject to change without notice. It is the responsibility of the passenger to be in possession of all necessary documentation (e.g. valid passport, visa where applicable) at the time of departure from origin. Delta reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without the proper documentation. Other restrictions may apply. (C)2006 Delta Air Lines, Inc.
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