On 12 May Delta Air Lines commenced services from Raleigh-Durham to Paris CDG, a sector which will be operated daily on its 757-200 fleet. The US airport heralded the start of the route with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. Speaking at the inaugural event was Michael Landguth President & CEO of Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.
- Delta Air Lines commenced services on its latest transatlantic route on 12 May when it launched a daily service between Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Paris (CDG). The 6,502-kilometre sector to the French capital will be operated on the SkyTeam member’s fleet of 757-200s. Victoria Forbes-Roberts, VP Pricing & Revenue Management, Delta, commented on the launch by saying: “Delta stands proud with the Triangle region as we launch the first of what is expected to be many flights across the Atlantic. Today’s flight is the culmination of years of local planning, and represents the latest step in Delta’s commitment to become the global carrier of choice for the region.” Services will face no incumbent. Paris CDG becomes the second transatlantic route for Raleigh-Durham, with fellow US carrier American Airlines operating services to London Heathrow. A second route was launched by the SkyTeam member the following day, when it commenced operations between Portland (PDX) and Anchorage (ANC). The 2,475-kilometre US domestic city pair will be served four times weekly on 737-900s, with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways offering competing services. See how Raleigh-Durham Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.