MIAMI— Delta Air Lines announced in a news release this morning that it would begin flying between Raleigh-Durham and Paris Charles de Gaulle next spring.
The flight will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 with the international configuration which includes 16 seats in Delta One, 44 in Comfort+, and 108 in Main Cabin. Delta’s Joint Venture with Air France/KLM in Paris will enable passengers traveling on that route to connect to more than 75 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Delta is the largest air carrier that operates out of Raleigh-Durham. The airline operates a small Delta Connection base to cities in the Eastern United States. It flies nonstop to 20 cities with a peak 60 daily departures so it could get connecting traffic to RDU for its Paris flight.
Below is the flight schedule based on local time:
The only flight to Europe from RDU is flown by American Airlines to London-Heathrow. Delta previously announced back in 2008 that it would begin flying from RDU to CDG, but has since delayed its commitment due to the economic crisis.
“The Research Triangle is an important market for Delta, and our new Paris flight is the latest in a series of Delta investments in the region, both at the airport and in the community,” said Bob Somers, Delta’s Vice President – Global Sales. “For business or leisure, we look forward to serving our customers across the Atlantic as we strengthen our relationship with the region, and the region’s ties to the world.”
“RDU and Delta Air Lines have been business partners for more than 40 years. During this time, Delta has increased its presence at RDU to meet the demand of our region, which it does today with nonstop service to 20 cities,” said Mike Landguth, CEO and President of RDU Airport Authority. “Today, we celebrate Delta’s latest expansion in our market with nonstop service to Paris’ Charles-De Gaulle International Airport. We thank Delta for its continued investment in our community and for connecting our region to the world.”