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It's O'Fishel: Direct flights take off from RDU for Paris

Posted May 12

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— Bonjour! Triangle residents looking to take a trip to the City of Light stepped on board Delta's first direct flight Thursday afternoon for Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Paris.

About 200 passengers, including WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and a couple who won their trip from Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM, were be on the first "O'Fishel" flight.

Contest winners Richard and Denise Konitsheck cited three popular Paris tourist spots as their targets for the trip. "The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Seine River, take a boat ride," Denise Konitsheck said.

The Boeing 757 took off from RDU shortly after 6 p.m. and arrives in Paris at 8:35 a.m. Friday morning local time. Return flights from Paris will take off daily at 10:45 a.m. and arrive at RDU at 2 p.m. Flights range from about $1,100 to $1,300 depending on dates of travel.

Travelers can use Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to connect to more than 75 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, airport officials said.

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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  • Hessian Diesel May 12, 2016
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    About 200 passengers, including WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and a couple who won their trip from Mix 101.5 were be on the first... "...were be on..." Is this some push to gain 'street cred' on the part of the station?

  • Scott Bornkessel May 12, 2016
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    A "direct" flight means this airplane could stop in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, and then fly on to Paris, as long as you didn't change planes. This is a "nonstop" flight, not a "direct" flight, which is way more important and prestigious for RDU and the Triangle. Please get the nomenclature right.

  • Barrett Powell May 12, 2016
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    When did they end? I used to take that flight a few years ago when I had business in Paris.

  • Roger Way May 12, 2016
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    Add Rome, and I will begin PACKING!