Delta Opens New Passage to India with Chennai Flight

Delta becomes only U.S. carrier to serve India’s fourth-largest city, via Paris

NEW YORK, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today is taking international customers on a new “Passage to India” with daily, direct service to Chennai International Airport in southern India from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new, daily flight, operated via Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, connects with Delta’s Paris flights from Atlanta and Cincinnati and provides customers with a convenient link to India’s fourth-largest city.

“We are extremely excited about offering customers this new international travel option and being the only U.S. carrier with a direct link to this important southern Indian city, Chennai,” said Paulette Corbin, Delta’s senior vice president, In-flight Service. “India represents a strategic and growing market for the U.S. and Delta and is part of our international expansion plans. Chennai and the Tamil Nadu region show strong economic growth and rising prosperity, as well as being a key center for trade and the gateway to South India.”

Delta’s new flight to Chennai now brings added convenience and travel options for both business and leisure passengers to India, along with multiple opportunities for freight forwarders and cargo shippers. Delta is operating its daily direct flight between Chennai and New York/JFK, via Paris Charles de Gaulle, with 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.

Between Paris and Chennai, Delta’s flight will provide customers with a localized dining experience reflecting specialities such as vegetarian Channa Dal, Chicken Nilgiri Korma and Kesari Saffron Rice as well as offering a choice of two new films each month in Tamil language and 12 local language newspapers and magazines.

Delta has served the Indian market since 1991 and is one of the leading U.S. carriers flying to India, already offering a daily direct service from JFK to Mumbai via Paris.

Delta’s new schedule between New York JFK and Chennai via Paris/Charles de
Gaulle effective May 9, 2005:

Flight 16 departs New York- Arrives Paris/CDG at 7:55 a.m.
JFK at 6:10 p.m. (next day)
Flight 16 departs Paris/CDG Arrives Chennai at 12:45 a.m. (next
at 11:10 a.m. day)
Flight 17 departs Chennai at Arrives Paris/CDG at 9:55 a.m.
2:45 a.m.
Flight 17 departs Paris/CDG Arrives New York/JFK at 3:50 p.m.
at 1:35 p.m.

As part of its international expansion plans for 2005, Delta recently launched service from New York (JFK) to Berlin’s Tegel Airport and Santiago, Dominican Republic. The airline will also begin serving Moscow from its Atlanta hub on June 1 and Montego Bay, Jamaica, from its Cincinnati hub on June 4. In recent months, Delta also has added service between Salt Lake City and Cancun, Mexico (November 2004); Atlanta and Belize City, Belize (December 2004); Salt Lake City and Los Cabos, Mexico (February 2005); and Atlanta and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (March 2005). On Oct. 1, Delta begins new service between Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Delta also has requested authority to serve Buenos Aires, Argentina, from New York (JFK).

Delta Air Lines is the world’s second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offering daily flights to 490 destinations in 85 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem frequent flier miles 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

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