ATLANTA, Aug. 1, 2003 - Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today begins its nonstop service between Atlanta and Honolulu, Hawaii. With this new flight, Delta becomes the only airline to offer direct, nonstop service between the two cities.
Delta is launching its service with special ceremonies at the departure gate designed to put passengers in a tropical state of mind.
“We`re celebrating the start of our new nonstop service from Atlanta to Honolulu with our customers,” said Subodh Karnik, senior vice president-Network and Revenue Management. “Whether it`s their first or 50th trip to Hawaii, we want to make this one memorable.”
Prior to departure, Delta will put passengers in the tropical mood with Hawaiian-style leis, tropical beverages and gate decorations. The new nonstop Boeing 767 flight will depart Atlanta at 11:50 a.m. EDT. During the flight, passengers will experience Hawaiian-themed movies and a tropical menu, specifically designed for the inaugural flight.
The flight will arrive in Honolulu at 3:15 p.m. HST. Arriving passengers will receive a traditional Hawaiian welcome with shell leis provided by the Oahu Visitors Bureau, a discount card for a local Hawaiian store and famous Macadamia nut candy. The Polynesian Culture Center will entertain passengers with traditional dance.
The return flight will depart Honolulu at 5:45 p.m. HST. Departing passengers will receive a last bit of paradise with a fresh-flower lei from the Hawaii Visitor`s Information Program. During flight, passengers will dine on traditional southern fare, including pecan pie, peach cobbler and peanuts, and receive passes to local Atlanta venues. The flight will arrive in Atlanta at 8:35 a.m. EDT.
Delta also offers customers three one-stop flights daily between Atlanta and Honolulu, and a one-stop flight between Atlanta and Maui. In addition, the airline offers daily nonstop service to Honolulu from Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Delta will begin nonstop service between Cincinnati and Honolulu on Nov. 1.
Delta Air Lines, the world’s second largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offers 5,813 flights each day to 447 destinations in 81 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Express, Delta Shuttle, Delta Connection and Delta’s worldwide partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. For more information, please go to delta.com.