Delta to serve Paris from Pittsburgh and Raleigh

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Transatlantic service is returning to Pittsburgh Airport in June when Delta Air Lines inaugurates flights to Paris.

The carrier is also launching flights to Paris from Raleigh/Durham the same month.

Neither airport is a major point in the merged Delta-Northwest route system, but Delta's Bob Cortelyou, senior vice president, network planning, says that Delta's SkyTeam relationship with Air France made the service possible.

The Pittsburgh service will be the Western Pennsylvania city's only transatlantic flight, while the Raleigh service will be the North Carolina city's second. American Airlines, which used to have a hub at the airport, still flies to London Heathrow. Pittsburgh had enjoyed European service prior to the 2005 merger of America West and US Airways. British Airways has also served Pittsburgh.

US Airways downgraded Pittsburgh from a hub to a focus city in 2004 and has gradually reduced service at the airport. The carrier has previously said it aimed to cut capacity from Pittsburgh between four and six percent in fiscal 2009.

Delta plans to offer service five days per week from Pittsburgh and Raleigh to Charles de Gaulle airport using Boeing 757s configured with 16 business class seats and 158 in economy.