Delta returns ATL – Shanghai slots to DOT, requests to delay Guangzhou launch

 Going ahead with its strict, yet well rewarding capacity discipline exercise, Delta Air Lines has requested the US Department of Transportation (DoT) approval to delay the launch of Tokyo – Guangzhou service, while returning the slots for its Atlanta – Shanghai service.

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 According to the recently filed dockets – Delta now seems to have given up all the hope that it had for the Atlanta – Shanghai service, which they tried twice albeit without much success.While requesting an additional one year time period prior to the launch of its Guangzhou service, it has also asked for the approval to use these seven frequencies to other Chinese points if the demand is there.

 Delta’s recent financial performance has been stellar – and while it is no secret that the airline’s capacity discipline has contributed significantly, this ‘giving up’ shows another factor too. Long haul flights to China, particularly from a city without a significant Chinese population is still of quite low yield. Who is next in line for the challenge?

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