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.