Delta to expand the Delta Shuttle to Chicago O’Hare with ERJ 175s

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is launching a new business shuttle service with 11 daily round-trip flights between New York (LaGuardia) and Chicago (O’Hare), replacing existing, less-frequent service between LaGuardia and Chicago (Midway).

Delta’s new hourly shuttle service between New York (La Guardia) and Chicago (O’Hare) will begin June 10 and replace existing flights between LaGuardia and Chicago (Midway).  The flights will operate between Delta’s convenient Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia and O’Hare’s Terminal 2.

In advance of the launch, Delta will install new dedicated Shuttle check-in and self-service kiosks at O’Hare, which will become a new Delta Shuttle station. The kiosks feature the ability to purchase tickets for travel that day to LaGuardia, replicating the speed and convenience that customers enjoy in other Delta Shuttle markets.  The airline also will assign the Chicago-New York flights to dedicated gates located nearest to O’Hare’s Terminal 2 security checkpoint and offer complimentary morning coffee, tea and newspapers to customers departing from these gates.

Flights on this route will be operated with Embraer ERJ 175 regional jets (probably operated by subsidiary Compass Airlines) equipped with 12 seats in First Class and 64 seats in Economy Class. Both cabins are configured with no middle seats. Delta’s enhanced onboard Shuttle product will be offered in both classes, including meals in First Class, and, in economy, bagels on departures before 10 a.m. and complimentary wine and Sam Adams beer.

It is still unclear if the Embraer ERJ 175s will carry the standard “Delta Connection” titles or new “Delta Shuttle” titles.

In other news Delta is expanding operations at Los Angeles (LAX) with new service to four destinations. Delta’s new service between Los Angeles International Airport and four U.S. cities adds to the airline’s previously announced summer expansion plans from California, including new nonstop flights between San Diego and Honolulu; Sacramento and Detroit, and increased service between Los Angeles and Maui and Memphis.

The new flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco will operate daily. The Columbus flight will operate daily, while the Hartford and Raleigh-Durham flights will operate Sunday through Friday, beginning June 10..

Each of Delta’s new flights will offer customers First Class and Economy Class service, and will be operated on a mix of Boeing 737-800, Airbus A320 and Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.