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New flights for Air France and Delta

Two major airlines have joined forces to offer two new long-haul flights next year

Two major airlines have joined forces to offer two new long-haul flights next year, it has been revealed.

Air France and Delta unveiled plans for non-stop transatlantic routes which will begin operating in June 2009.

The first of the flights will depart from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) International Airport and fly to Pittsburgh International Airport.

A second route will see the airlines offer flights from Paris CDG to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Boeing 757-200 aircrafts will operate the new services, carrying up to 174 passengers.

David Bishko, managing director of alliances for Delta Air Lines, said the partnership of the two firms is a "strong combination".

He added: "The joint venture between Delta and Air France enables the two airlines to figure among the main players on one of the most buoyant markets in the world."

Earlier this month, Air France revealed it wants to return to the bidding race for Austrian Airlines, Reuters reported.

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