Delta adds new routes, more flights to five destinations this summer, expands touchless options

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

  • Expanded Anchorage service includes more flights and new destinations
  • New and increased service to Fairbanks
  • Returning popular seasonal service to Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka
  • Most flights operated by larger mainline aircraft with enhanced customer comfort, seat-back entertainment and Wi-Fi on all flight

Delta is offering more choice and connectivity with a significant expansion of service to Alaska this summer, including the launch of new service and more flights to Anchorage and Fairbanks – as well as the return of popular seasonal destinations like Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.

Vacationers traveling to and from Alaska will enjoy enhanced customer comfort as all flights to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau will be operated by larger mainline aircraft like the Boeing 737-900 featuring First Class, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service, more seat-back in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi available on all flights.

New summer destinations and more flights for Anchorage

Delta’s expanded Anchorage (ANC) service includes:

  • New weekend service launching from Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) on May 28
  • Increasing year-round Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) service to up to seven daily trips starting June 19. The most popular destination for travelers from Alaska, Delta’s SEA hub offers daily connections to 40 destinations, including Hawaii, the lower 48 states and major capitals around the world
  • Adding a third daily flight this summer to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) starting May 5
  • Adding a year-round nonstop flight to Salt Lake City (SLC) starting May 5, complemented by a second summer seasonal flight beginning June 19
  • Resuming daily service from Atlanta (ATL) starting May 5, the longest nonstop flight offered from ANC, and providing significant connections across the southeast U.S., including 16 cities in Florida. The flight will be operated by the Boeing 767-300ER, featuring Delta One lie-flat seats. Nonstop ATL service will continue into the fall with three trips per week.

New and increased service to Fairbanks

Delta will increase service to Fairbanks (FAI) to six nonstop flights from its major gateway hubs by:

  • Launching a new daily nonstop flight from SLC beginning May 5
  • Adding a third nonstop flight from SEA beginning June 19
  • Doubling service with a second nonstop flight from MSP beginning June 19

In addition to flying to FAI from SEA in the winter months, Delta is extending MSP & SLC service to year-round to provide customers with access to its extensive global network.

Boeing 737-900ER in-flight near Mount Rainier, Seattle, WA.

Returning popular summer seasonal service to Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka

Delta’s Alaska summer seasonal service from SEA that begins Memorial Day weekend will be extended through the end of September and include:

  • One daily flight to Juneau (JNU), operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft
  • One daily flight to Ketchikan (KTN)
  • One daily flight to Sitka (SIT)

Service to KTN and SIT will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines on Embraer 175 aircraft. All flights to JNU, KTN and SIT will feature First Class, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service and Wi-Fi available on board.

In other news, Delta continues to invest in touchless and frictionless features in the air and on the ground. Starting March 16, tap-to-pay technology will enable contactless payment for onboard purchases. Customers will be able to purchase earbuds on board using their mobile devices or contactless-enabled credit cards. Contactless payment will expand to all onboard sales as more food and beverage options return. The new system also allows for emailed receipts.

The global airline is also testing digital seatback menus on select international flights with plans to expand the feature across its fleet. A new electronic Delta One menu, currently accessible via personal seatback screens on A330-operated flights between Boston and Amsterdam, will reduce waste, streamline service and allow flight attendants to connect with customers more safely.

Delta continues to expand touchless innovations throughout the travel journey. Customers can enjoy a touchless check-in experience using the Fly Delta App, with more features to take the guesswork out of travel coming soon. In onboard lavatories, touchless faucets, flush levers and waste lids reduce touchpoints on the highest-use surfaces while anti-microbial lighting for sinks and countertops provides added protection. These solutions are in place on many Delta aircraft, including the Airbus A350, Airbus A330-900, Boeing 767-400 and Boeing 757. Other aircraft types will be retrofitted with some of these features later this year.

The company is also expanding touchless features to help move customers through the airport faster and more easily. In partnership with Transportation Security Administration, Delta recently launched its first facial recognition option for domestic travelers in Detroit to help move customers through the Edward H. McNamara Terminal’s dedicated TSA PreCheck domestic checkpoint. This builds on Delta’s existing facial recognition option for any customer traveling to an international destination from DTW.

Delta continues to ensure a safe experience for our customers and employees thanks to the more than 100 layers of protection which include blocking middle seats and limiting onboard capacity for flights departing through April 2021, requiring masks through the travel journey; and replacing onboard industrial-grade HEPA filters twice as often as recommended.