Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced it is adding 15 new international routes for summer 2009, including service to 12 destinations not flown by any other U.S. carrier. The addition of trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic and African routes advances Delta's strategy of taking customers to more unique destinations across the globe and investing in underserved markets.
"As America's flag carrier to the world, offering service to more destinations than any other airline is an advantage our customers count on. Furthermore, smart growth to unique and emerging markets across the globe is a key ingredient of Delta's proven business strategy," said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president of Network Planning and Revenue Management. "Delta continues to hone a distinct and strategic global network that capitalizes on new opportunities created by our recent merger with Northwest; our leading position in New York -- the world's largest business market; and the unparalleled connectivity of Atlanta -- the world's largest passenger hub.
"In the current atmosphere of international financial uncertainty, the breadth of Delta's network positions the airline to take advantage of markets that continue to thrive, while offering a natural hedge where there is economic softness," added Hauenstein.