Sunday, December 10, 2006

Long-Haul Flights Get Longer

Travelers can expect even more super-long-haul flights in 2007 as airlines keep searching for profitable routes.
For instance, Delta is planning to add or expand nonstop service from its hub in Atlanta to several far-flung destinations, including Dubai, Seoul, South Korea and São Paulo, Brazil. Just last month, it started new daily nonstop service between Kennedy Airport in New York and Mumbai, India — the flight time is 14 hours, 20 minutes. And last week, it started flying from Atlanta to Johannesburg, via Dakar, Senegal.
Earlier this year American Airlines began flying from Chicago to Shanghai and New Delhi. American’s long-haul departures — nonstop flights between the Unites States and Europe, India, other Asian destinations and the southern regions of South America — were up 11.2 percent in July 2006 compared with July 2000.
10/12/06 Michelle Higgins/New York Times, US
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