Delta Air Lines is proposing a new route from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Shanghai (PVG) from 2020, using its new A350-900 aircraft.
The airline has made the proposal to the US Department of Transportation and should it be approved it would be the first-ever nonstop China service from Minnesota.
“We are honoured to be proposing the first-ever nonstop flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul and China as we continue to expand across the Pacific,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer.
The announcement follows the recently announced new Delta service from MSP to Seoul-Incheon, which begins 1 April 2019, and complements existing Asia nonstop Delta service to Tokyo-Haneda International Airport from MSP.
Commercial airline service between the US and China is governed by existing agreements that limit the ability of US and Chinese carriers to establish new flying between the two countries. Currently, however, there is availability for additional US-China service that is not being utilised.
“Shanghai is the largest Asian market without direct service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport,” said Brian Ryks, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. “Direct service to China would be a tremendous benefit to the Minnesota business and hospitality communities.”