Delta, Northwest trim international expansion

12/26/2008 | AviationWeek.com · AviationWeek.com

Delta Air Lines plans to temporarily scale back its aggressive overseas expansion, delaying new flights to Paris and Tel Aviv and to Gothenberg, Sweden. The company said its pullbacks were "based on efforts to continue to demonstrate capacity discipline in light of tough worldwide economic conditions," and that it would "reassess the timing" of some routes. Following an almost 30% drop in advance bookings to China, Delta subsidiary Northwest Airlines also is asking the Department of Transportation to allow a delayed start for its new Detroit-Shanghai and Seattle-Beijing routes.

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