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Delta cleared for China flights


Atlanta (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc is getting a prize nonstop

gateway to China, US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said today.

Peters said Delta's Atlanta to Shanghai route would be available for flights after the end of March.

Delta CEO Richard Anderson said the company expects to start the route by then, provided the two new Boeing 777 aircraft it purchased for the route will be available from the manufacturer on time.

Peters also announced the DOT has awarded United Air Lines the right to fly nonstop from San Francisco to Guangzho in 2008.

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