It has been nearly 10 years since Delta Air Lines kicked off its nonstop service to Shanghai with a trade mission led by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue and a swanky banquet in the Chinese commercial center.
Now, it seems the aviation stars have aligned once again for a route that was met with initial excitement but faded away after just over a year.
Delta plans to reinstate the Atlanta-Shanghai route again beginning in July 2018, a move that business leaders and government officials say will augment their efforts to bring Chinese companies to Atlanta and Georgia. The flight requires government approval, and Delta is submitting its application today.
Lani Wong, who has been promoting Atlanta-China ties through the National Association of Chinese Americans for 36 years, said she was disappointed after lobbying for five years, only to see Delta’s 2008 Shanghai flight fade…Read the rest of the story on Global Atlanta.
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