Friday, September 8, 2017

Delta to begin first nonstop flights from Indy to Europe

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will begin nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to its European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) beginning in May of 2018, making it the first carrier ever to offer a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight from Indiana’s capital city.

State and local officials see the new flights as a potential boon to the area’s economy.

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Indianapolis
"Indiana's pro-business reputation continues to grow and spread around the globe, and that's why securing a direct trans-Atlantic flight is so important," Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said. "This flight is a big win for our state's business community and for Hoosier travelers.”

Flights will be aboard Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, equipped with 25 fully lie-flat seats in Delta One, 29 seats Delta Comfort+ and 171 seats in the Main Cabin. Every seat has access to Wi-Fi, free personal in-flight seatback entertainment screens as well as power ports. Complimentary meals and beverages will also be provided in all cabins of service, the airline said in a statement announcing the new service.

According to SeatGuru.com, Delta One seats are 21 inches wide with pitch of 76.5 to 81.4 inches. Comfort+ and standard economy seats are 17.9 inches wide. Comfort+ offers 35 inches of pitch while standard economy seats have either 31 or 32 inches of pitch.

Tour Eiffel, Paris
Eastbound flights will leave IND at 6:20 p.m., arriving in Paris at 8:45 the next morning. Westbound flights will depart CDG at 1:15 pm., arriving in Indiana at 4:35 p.m. Tickets for the new Indianapolis-Paris service will be available for purchase starting Sept. 23.

Although flights will be aboard aircraft sporting the Delta livery, they will be operated in conjunction with the carrier’s joint-venture partner, Air France-KLM.

"This new service is a great example of the strength of our trans-Atlantic joint venture,” Dwight James, Delta's Senior Vice President – Trans-Atlantic, said, emphasizing their importance as a new economic link between the state of Indiana and Europe.

Delta's history in Indianapolis goes back more than five decades. Today, Delta carries thousands of Hoosiers every day on frequent service across its global network via its hubs in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, and Salt Lake City in addition to nonstop flights to Orlando, Raleigh/Durham and Cancun, the airline's statement said.

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