Delta eyes possible Shanghai hub
Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson has said he envisions creating an international hub in Shanghai to build on a growing relationship with China Eastern Airlines Corp.
May 1, 2015
Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson has said he envisions creating an international hub in Shanghai to build on a growing relationship with China Eastern Airlines Corp. “When you think about what our strategy is long-term, we need to have a hub in Shanghai like the one we have in Amsterdam,” Anderson told employees in a recorded message, according to Bloomberg.
Anderson’s comments underscored the importance he attaches to expanding in China, where the Atlanta-based airline has added service to Shanghai and has a partnership with China Eastern in the SkyTeam alliance.
Delta will start a daily Los Angeles-to- Shanghai route later this year, on top of service to China’s largest city from Seattle and Detroit. Last week, Delta became the fi rst US airline to accept payments from China’s Alipay, which resembles PayPal.
It also is co-locating with China Eastern inside the Shanghai airport.
“As we plan for our long-term future, it becomes more clear every day that China will be a major part of our business,” Anderson said in the message. Delta is No. 2 among US carriers in flying across the Pacific, trailing United Airlines. While Delta has a hub in the region in Tokyo, Chicago-based United has a head start in offering flights to secondary Chinese cities, such as Chengdu in western China.