Delta Opens Passage to India

Delta Air Lines today is taking
international customers on a new “Passage to India” with daily, direct
service to Chennai International Airport in southern India from New York’s
John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new, daily flight, operated via
Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, connects with Delta’s Paris flights from
Atlanta and Cincinnati and provides customers with a convenient link to
India’s fourth-largest city. “We are extremely excited about offering customers this new international
travel option and being the only U.S. carrier with a direct link to this
important southern Indian city, Chennai,” said Paulette Corbin, Delta’s
senior vice president, In-flight Service. “India represents a strategic
and growing market for the U.S. and Delta and is part of our international
expansion plans. Chennai and the Tamil Nadu region show strong economic
growth and rising prosperity, as well as being a key center for trade and
the gateway to South India.”

Delta’s new flight to Chennai now brings added convenience and travel
options for both business and leisure passengers to India, along with
multiple opportunities for freight forwarders and cargo shippers. Delta is
operating its daily direct flight between Chennai and New York/JFK, via
Paris Charles de Gaulle, with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with the capacity
to carry up to 204 passengers in a two-class configuration, featuring
Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite service.

Between Paris and Chennai, Delta’s flight will provide customers with a
localized dining experience reflecting specialities such as vegetarian
Channa Dal, Chicken Nilgiri Korma and Kesari Saffron Rice as well as
offering a choice of two new films each month in Tamil language and 12
local language newspapers and magazines.
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