Delta wants to add two non-hub routes from London Heathrow

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has filed applications with the European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting permission to operate twice-daily year-round service between London’s Heathrow Airport and Boston, and daily year-round service between Heathrow and Miami.

The slots for the new service are available following the U.S. and E.U. governments’ approval of an immunized trans-Atlantic alliance between American Airlines and British Airways. The government required the airlines to divest some Heathrow slots in order to enhance competition in the most tightly restricted markets.

If approved, Delta’s Heathrow service from Boston and Miami would begin March 27, 2011, and would be offered in cooperation with its trans-Atlantic joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia.

If approved, Delta would operate Boeing 767-300 ERs on both routes.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Boeing 767-332 ER N1605 (msn 30198) prepares to land at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).