Good news for citizens of Indianapolis: starting next May, you can fly non-stop to Paris on Delta. Ironically for an airline that decries Gulf subsidies as distorting real demand, the new international route will be subsided by the State of Indiana.
Recall Delta’s dishonest “documentary” from July that asserted that subsidies are a great threat. Apparently they only meant subsidies they do not benefit from.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced the new route at a press conference earlier today. Inside Indiana Business reported–
The new route is a culmination of years of work by state, city and airport officials that includes $5 million approved by the Indiana General Assembly directed at attracting transatlantic flights.
In a Delta press release, the governor is quoted–
Indiana’s pro-business reputation continues to grow and spread around the globe, and that’s why securing a direct trans-Atlantic flight is so important. This flight is a big win for our state’s business community and for Hoosier travelers. I cannot wait to see that first Delta flight take off for Europe in just a few short months.
I wonder why the subsidy was not mentioned?
The whole “do as I say, not as I do” idiom resonates strongly here…
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Details on the New Indianapolis to Paris Delta Route
For residents of Indiana, this represents an exciting new route.
The new service will begin on May 24, 2018. Delta has not specified yet whether this will be a daily service or how many times per week this flight will operate.
|DL500||Indianapolis (IND) at 6:20 p.m.||Paris (CDG) at 8:45 a.m. (next day)|
|DL501||Paris (CDG) at 1:15 p.m.||Indianapolis (IND) at 4:35 p.m.|
The flight will be operated by a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft in the following configuration:
- 25 seats – Delta One (Business Class)
- 29 seats – Delta Premium Select (Premium Economy)
- 171 seats – Main Cabin (Economy Class)
Note the hypocrisy on subsidies, but I’m glad to see the new international route from a Delta focus city.