Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said following the opening of its USD1.4 billion renovation of US’ New York JFK International Airport’s terminal 4 on 24-May-2013, the carrier plans to open more services from the terminal to Tokyo and China (Yicai, 28-May-2013). Delta SVP Asia Pacific Vinay Dube said the carrier will continue to increase Asia Pacific routes over the next few years, particularly from the US to China including from New York, Atlanta or Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai. Mr Dube also said the carrier hopes to extends its network further to mainland China through cooperation with China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Mr Dube said: “In the global economy, China and the Asia Pacific region are second to none,” adding “China’s economic growth will lead to growth in international passenger traffic to/from the US.”
Delta Air Lines hopes to open more services from New York JFK T4 to Tokyo and China
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