Launches First Non-stop Service between Atlanta and Düsseldorf
improve connections for business, leisure and cargo customers
between the Americas and Germany
April 2006 – Customers traveling between the Americas
and Germany will now find easier connections thanks to Delta’s
new non-stop service between the world’s largest airline hub
in Atlanta and Düsseldorf. Effective today, Delta will become
the only U.S. airline to offer customers non-stop service
between the United States and Düsseldorf.
of Delta, Atlanta is becoming America's gateway city,” said
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. “Through the numerous linkages
formed via direct flight routes
to international destinations and strategic partnerships, Delta,
for the past 65 years, has helped to foster the City's
international economic and cultural ties. We look forward to the
opportunities that this flight from Atlanta to Düsseldorf will
bring. Düsseldorf is a city rich in history and is, like
Atlanta, a prosperous financial, commercial, art and cultural
center. Indeed, we have much to offer each other.”
Delta’s new service will be operated with wide-body Boeing
767-300ER aircraft with the capacity to carry up to 204
passengers in a two-class configuration, featuring Delta’s
award-winning BusinessElite™ service. Additionally, beginning
later this spring, Delta will provide customers with a more
comfortable and entertaining international BusinessElite
experience offering all-leather seats and state-of-the-art
“We are pleased to be launching this new service today and to
open our global network to customers traveling to and from the
business and industrial heartland of Germany,” said Glen
Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network and
Revenue Management. “North Rhine-Westphalia is the most
heavily-populated state in Germany with a diversified modern
economy, and we expect our new service will help support
economic growth by providing the only link between Düsseldorf
and the United States provided by a U.S. airline.”
now offers Germany-bound business, leisure and cargo customers
eight daily nonstop flights between the U.S. and Germany. Delta
serves a total of five German airports and operates daily
non-stop services from Atlanta, Cincinnati and New York JFK to
Frankfurt, as well as services between Atlanta and Munich and
Stuttgart and between New York JFK and Berlin. No U.S. carrier
operates services to more German destinations than Delta
offering our U.S. and German business and leisure travellers
greater choice of connections.
new daily non-stop service between Atlanta and Düsseldorf
effective April 3, 2006:
at 07:25 a.m. (next day)
begins April 4
inaugural flight to Düsseldorf is the second in a series of
11 new trans-Atlantic routes to be launched by June. Last
week, Delta inaugurated its first service between Atlanta and
Tel Aviv, Israel, with the next trans-Atlantic inaugural set
for May 8 from Atlanta to Nice, France. In total, Delta will
offer non-stop service to more than 60 international
destinations from Atlanta this summer, including 23 routes
across the Atlantic. Delta’s flagship hub at Atlanta is the
fastest growing international gateway in the United States,
with more than 24 new international markets announced since
September 2005. Delta also continues to expand the number of
domestic destinations it serves from Atlanta, including 19
non-stop destinations added or announced since September 2005.
These schedule enhancements strengthen Delta’s position as
both a strong domestic carrier – the only to fly to all 50
states (effective July 2006) – as well as a leading carrier
to Latin America and the world’s No. 1 carrier between the
United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel
(effective July 2006). This summer, Delta will offer more than
1,000 daily departures to more than 240 non-stop destinations
from Atlanta – more non-stop flights and destinations than
any airline hub in the world.
Delta Air Lines is one of the world’s fastest growing
international carriers with more than 50 new international
routes added or announced in the last year. Delta offers daily
flights to 503 destinations in 94 countries on Delta, Song,
Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide
partners. In summer 2006, Delta plans to offer customers more
destinations and departures between the U.S., Europe, India
and Israel than any global airline**, including service on 11
new trans-Atlantic routes from its Atlanta and New York-JFK
hubs. Delta also is a major carrier to Mexico, South and
Central America and the Caribbean, with more than 35 routes
announced, added or applied to serve since Jan. 1, 2005.
Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and
redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam
and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a
global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive
worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can
check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight
status at delta.com.
the U.S., based on July 2006 OAG.
After the attack on September 11 and the current war on
terrorism airport security continues to grow tighter. Travelers
flying to or from the states in 2003 should plan a little ahead
to stay prepared for the some of the new security measures being
enforced this year by the recent security bill passed by
Although, for most frequent travelers the procedures of
enhanced security should already be expected, there is more to
come. To protect travelers from terrorists the Transportation
Security Administrations has already hired more than 50,000
employees at 424 commercial airports to screen passengers and
baggage. The new bill congress has passed originally ordered
that every checked bag be searched whether by human, dog or
machine by January 1, 2003. This bill has been extended until
the summer of 2003 due to the budget and time necessary for the
construction and installation of large bomb detection machines
to aid in complying with such a task. With the estimated 1.5
billion bags that get checked each year at U.S. airports the TSA
plans to use the bomb detection machines to completely automate
the process, but until then as of New Year’s Day all checked
bags will still be searched exhorting all resources available.
Although, the policies and
methods of security detail will vary among different airports
here are a few things for the travelers of 2003 to be aware of.
A government issued ID should be kept on hand
which will be shown several times before reaching the gate.
Coats and sometimes shoes will need to be removed
and screened along with all other carry-on luggage.
Travelers may be randomly selected for a second,
and even a third, search.
At more than 40 airports passengers with carry-on
luggage can no longer go straight to the gate.
Checked bags may be searched by either human
hands, wands that detect explosives on the baggage,
bomb-sniffing dogs, passenger to luggage matches, bomb detection
machines or possibly all of the above.
Again due to differing methods, policies and schedules you may
want to call ahead to confirm how much addition time you should
allow yourself before your scheduled departure.
Flying tips to make your trips more comfortable.
your ears may pop, if they don’t you get an earache.
are some things you can do to avoid this common annoyance:
Chewing on gum, mints or
an oral decongestant 1 hour before departure.
Use a nose spray shortly before landing.
If none of those help or you happened to fall asleep during take
off or landing you can unblock your ears by doing the
Pinch your nostrils shut.
Take a mouthful of air.
Using your cheek and throat muscles, force the air into
the back of your nose as if you are trying to blow your thumb
and finger off of you nostrils.
You may have to repeat this several times until you hear the
loud pop in your ears.
Since babies cannot pop their own ears allowing them to suck on
a pacifier or bottle will help them to swallow.
Humidity in the cabin of an airplane can fall below 10% on
long a flight, that’s dryer than the Sahara Desert!
To stay refreshed be sure to drink 8oz. of water
for every hour that you're onboard.
Drinking a combination of salts, minerals and carbohydrates
about every two hours may reduce your risk of developing blood
Try to bring along sports drinks to sip on the