Delta adding nonstop flight from RDU to Paris

Posted September 24, 2015
Updated May 12

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— Raleigh-Durham International Airport announced Thursday that Delta will add a nonstop flight from Raleigh to Paris in the spring of 2016.

Flights to Paris will begin in May, and travelers can use the airport in Paris to connect to more than 75 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, officials said.

Tickets for flights to Paris will go on sale Sept. 26, and the flights will begin May 12 on a Boeing 757-200. ​The flight will depart Paris at 10:45 a.m. and arrive at RDU at 2 p.m. A 6:15 p.m. departure from RDU arrive in Paris at 8:35 a.m. the following day.

“We are thrilled to welcome Delta Air Lines’ nonstop service from RDU to Paris,” Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth said in a statement. “The launch of this new service speaks to the strength of our market and the demand for service not only to Europe but to a gateway destination that offers connections to cities throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East.”

Each year, more than 1.5 million people travel between RDU and international destinations. Daily nonstop service to London serves approximately 10 percent of these travelers, officials said.

A public/private partnership between local governments and the business community has committed $1.1 million to support the flight. The Airport Authority is providing $1.25 million in fee waivers and $500,000 in marketing funds, officials said.


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  • Rob Sullivan Sep 25, 2015
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    All US carriers do similar things to save a buck, but Delta seems to be the worst, they really stretch the ETOPS rules to the limit. plus that is a really long trip on a narrow body airliner. Meanwhile AA recently upgraded their flight from RDU to Heathrow from a 767 to a 777. Much more comfortable trip!

  • Johnny Friedrich Sep 24, 2015
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    It is nice to see a second international flight from RDU. I know there was hard work involved and congrats to all for that. I was thinking a Frankfurt flight would of been a better choice and have a larger aircraft. I am surprised Delta is using a 757-200. The width of a 757 cabin is 139.3 inches a 737 is 139.2 inches. Oh btw the flight max flight distance of this plane is about 3800miles. RDU to CDG is pushing it for this plane. Hopefully they will upgrade to a 767 at some point. Also did you notice both the LHR and CDG flight will land and take off within a few hours of each other. Hope there is room at the international gate for both planes to park and passengers to leave. Overall excited to have all these flight choices considering the size of RDU and the size of the area.

  • Mike Hodges Sep 24, 2015
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    That's got to be near the max range for a 757-200. Guess they'll glide in to land at CDG.

  • Rodney Hill Sep 24, 2015
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    WRAL must have been sleeping last night when WNCN scooped them.

    P.S.: Please stop using the stock photo from the 90s. You can tell because DL hasn't had that old paint job in over a decade...

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    The seats are the same size as seats on a widebody. Only difference is that the 57 is 6 seats wide and a widebody is 8-9 wide, hence the need for two aisles. But then again, you're talking about coach. If you want more space, there's always Bus class...

  • Jim Murphy Sep 24, 2015
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    Fair warning.... RDU to CDG in a 757-200 is not at all a comfortable flight. That's a shoulder to shoulder seating airplane designed to replace the 727 for short and medium interstate flights. It is a single center aisle airplane and the youngest one is already 11 years old. Paris is fun, though.