U.S. airline giant Delta Air Line relaunched a non-stop flight route Friday between Atlanta, state of Georgia, and China’s Shanghai.
The first flight of the route took off Friday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, marking the official operation of the sixth daily non-stop flight run by Delta between the United States and China.
The 291-seat Boeing 777-200LR is set to arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in roughly 16 hours and the service will be operated on a daily basis.
“China is a very important market for Delta,” the airline said in a statement. “Delta is growing its footprint in the China-U.S. market.”
“With the commencement of this flight, we look forward to receiving many more Chinese visitors and we’re working very hard to make sure you all feel welcomed in our city,” said Marva Lewis, chief of staff for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, during an inaugural flight ceremony.
The first passengers of the flight include a Georgia business and trade delegation, whose members hope that their visit to China could help strengthen the state’s booming economic and business ties with the world’s second-largest economy.