Delta and United are resuming flights to China for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began
- Delta and United announced their first flights to
Chinasince the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
airlinescancelled future flights to the Chinese mainland on February 6. Delta's first flight, from Seattle, departed on Thursday, while United's is scheduled for July 8.
- The flights come following weeks of tension between the US and China over passenger flights resuming.
For the first time in half a year, US airlines are gearing up to fly to China.
On Thursday, Delta operated its first flight to China since February 6. The flight was set to operate from Seattle to Shanghai via Seoul, South Korea. At press time, the plane was en route from Seoul for the second segment of the flight.
Delta plans to start the route with twice-weekly service using Airbus A350 jets. In July, the airline will move one of those weekly flights to depart from Detroit, while keeping the other at Seattle. Both flights will continue to operate via Seoul.
The stop in Seoul is designed to prevent crewmembers from having to disembark or lay over in China, due to the risk of potential quarantine requirements, according to The Points Guy.
Also this week, United announced that it would resume its first flight to China since early February, starting on July 8. The airline will start with two flights a week between San Francisco and Shanghai, using Boeing 777-300ER jets.
Before travel demand to China cratered during the initial
Both airlines said they would resume flights to Seoul as well. United said it plans to reinstate some previously cancelled flights to Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; and Singapore.
"United's service to mainland China has been a point of pride for our employees and customers for more than 30 years," Patrick Quayle, United's head of international routes and networks, said in a press release. "Resuming service to Shanghai from the United States is a significant step in rebuilding our international network."
United also flew to Beijing before the
The return of China flights comes following weeks of sniping between the US and China adding new obstacles for each other's airlines.
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