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Delta opens sales office in Beijing

Delta has officially opened its Beijing Sales
Office, underscoring its interest to serve the People’s Republic of
China with the only flights to China from Atlanta, Georgia in time for
the 2008 Olympics. The office—located at China Life Tower, 5th Floor
Suite No. C-1, 16 Chao Yang Men Wai Street, Beijing—will offer
travelers help with airline tickets, airline reservations and air
travel Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
except for holidays.

“We are pleased to have this new sales office selling airline tickets
to customers who wish to travel on Delta Air Lines to the USA or
anywhere in the world Delta and our worldwide partners fly,” said
Delta’s Vice President of International and Alliances Mr. Jorge
Fernandez. “This office will physically represent Delta Air Lines even
though we do not currently serve China with our own aircraft. We are
very optimistic that Delta will be chosen to offer Chinese travelers
the world’s only nonstop service between China and the U.S. Southeast
in 2008 or earlier, if possible, when the next designation is given.”

Mr. Fernandez added that Delta is eager to begin nonstop service
between Beijing and Atlanta in time for the summer Games of 2008
Olympics. “As the no. 1 carrier in Atlanta—the largest airport in
the world—Delta was a critical sponsor of the 1996 Olympics in
Atlanta, and we would like to put that experience to good use in
China.” If selected, Delta’s new Atlanta service would offer Chinese
travelers a more convenient connecting opportunity than any other U.S.
gateway city with access to more than 190 U.S. cities. Delta’s Atlanta
hub is the world’s largest airline hub operation, and based on current
schedules, Atlanta will be the second-largest U.S. international
gateway behind New York City when Delta launches its full transatlantic
expansion in Summer 2006. He also said that China represents the
fastest growing region for international travelers and cargo shippers
from the Southeastern United States.