Good for Delta

Good on Delta.

A Delta Air Lines 777 will make history early today when it touches down in Shanghai at 1:45 a.m. Atlanta time, more than 15 hours after taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

It’s Delta’s first direct flight to China since the airline began boarding passengers 79 years ago and is the first direct flight to China from anywhere in the Southeast.

Delta Flight 19, as it is officially known, will trim hours off the grueling trip for business travelers trying to access the world’s most populous country and fastest-growing economy. For many business travelers, it will mean no more layovers and transfers in New York or Seoul or Tokyo —- no more 20-hour-plus trips from point to point. It also underscores the Atlanta-based airline’s push to become a major player on international routes.

China, to be sure, is the enemy. But I still want to take their money.

Nonetheless, I am disappointed that our Governor did not politely excuse himself from going and send a lesser dignitary for trade talks, considering the current persecutions and murders of the people of Tibet who just want to breath free.

It is my hope that President Bush can be encouraged to not attend the Olympics this summer.


  1. Chris says:

    This is one of the few places where I support the Governor. More exposure to the west means the Chineese will begin to demand many of the same freedoms we have.

    Take away their economic growth and all China and their leadership will have to fall back on is pride and nationalism. That will lead to a pan-asian war that we will be unable to stay out of.

  2. Roy says:

    Herein lies an ugly truth about our nation. Cuba, with great vacation deals in veradero and the most beutiful beaches in the Carribean, is off limits for us. The PRC, with its human rights record just as abismal as the Castro regime, is embraced with open arms all beacuse of their market potential. I’m glad people are speaking out about the Tibet situation. And Erik is right on that the Gov should’ve sent a lesser rep for our state.

    Until recently, I was going to Cuba next week via Mexico to enjoy an economial dive vacation
    in Varadero, (until the 0pportunity to do Egypt arose) imbargo or no imbargo, Castro or no Castro; if the Washington government can cowtow to China’s general Secretary, what’s so bad about an American wanting to lie on the beach, sip a cuba libre, and smoke a havana?

  3. boyreporter says:

    I say boycott the Beijing Olympics, but not because of Tibet. Use that as an excuse, and I’m still with you, but Tibet is as much a historical part of China as Florida is of the U.S. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind losing Florida, but that’s another story. My beef with China is that, in embracing a mixed-with-capitalism economy and becoming a big international player, it has become the most rapacious, least responsible nation on Earth. The poisonous, dangerous exports that we can’t seem to get enough of is reason enough to make China a pariah, but worse is its total disregard for environmental protections. China is devastating its (and our) air and its water at a rate unapproached by any other nation. It is a shameful situation, and that country does not deserve to host an international celebration such as the Olympics. But it will. Money talks.

  4. IndyInjun says:

    “It is my hope that President Bush can be encouraged to not attend the Olympics this summer.”

    The Chinese revere status and face-saving.

    We need between $2 and $3 billion a dayfrom foreigners, principally China, to meet our trade and fiscal deficits.

    If Bush doesn’t go, it because he is due to leave office by January.

    Of course we could always do the principled thing, piss them off, and pay the resulting 20% interest rates…………

    Spitting into the wind is instantly regretted.

  5. Roy says:

    In the spirit of todays business climate with the PRC, Delta should dub its new nonstop service
    “The Walmart Express”. Caterting could be done via the Walmart deli and feature unique and truly “one of a kind” Sam’s choice entres.
    The wine list could feature the “newest” boonesfarm vintages and the FA’s could fashion the lastest selections from the Walmart haute couture salon. A huge smiley could adorn the 777’s tail.

  6. Demonbeck says:

    Dear Walmart,

    Damn you and your low, low prices. I loath you for your wise business practices and your success.

    Do you remember the American dream? You know, the one where a child from a small town – say Bentonville, Arkansas for example – rises up from poverty to become one of the most successful businessmen in the world? Well, you are crushing that dream.

    How dare you attempt to grow your profits? How dare you offer savings to small businesses through your Sam’s Club stores? Perhaps you should change it to “Satan’s Club,” because that is more appropriate.

    You go to hell Walmart and take McDonald’s and those delicious fries that are making my ass fat with you.

    – Anti-capitalist Idiots everywhere

    Give me a break. This flight is something to be celebrated and the Governor was right to go.

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