Because much of Asia is separated by water, it’s difficult to travel by rail or bus to certain destinations, giving budget carriers a “tailwind,” says Andrew Orchard, a regional airline analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland . Peng Yan, of Changsha, China, prefers the train for short distances within the country even though a plane ticket doesn’t cost much more. But when she needs to travel from Changsha to Guangzhou for work an eight- to 10-hour overnight train ride vs. a one-hour flight she goes by plane so she can spend the night at home with her daughter. “Traveling by plane during the day is a lot more comfortable, and I feel much safer as well,” says Yan, 34, an accounting manager for a water supply company.
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to 8 p.m., with a reduced weekend schedule. Delta promises an enhanced economy product: Flights will be on two-class Embraer 175s, with pre-assigned seating and first-class seats potentially available as upgrades to exalted frequent flyers. Delta will hand out newspapers and offer no-cost snacks and brand-name beverages to all classes. As with all Delta planes, Wi-Fi will be available.
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