Category Archives: Delta Air Lines

Delta proposes Minneapolis-St. Paul – Shanghai route to begin in 2020

Delivered on April 13, 2018

Delta Air Lines plans to connect its Minneapolis-St. Paul hub and China for the first time in 2020, with a proposed route to Shanghai operated with its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, subject to government approvals from the United States and China.

The announcement follows recently announced new Delta service from MSP to Seoul-Incheon, which begins April 1, 2019, and complements existing Asia nonstop Delta service to Tokyo-Haneda International Airport from MSP.

Commercial airline service between the U.S. and China is governed by existing agreements that limit the ability of U.S. and Chinese carriers to establish new flying between the two countries. Currently, however, there is availability for additional U.S.-China service that is not being utilized.

In its proposal to the DOT, Delta outlines its ability to offer travelers access to more than 70 destinations in China beyond Shanghai in cooperation with partners China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines. In addition, Chinese customers would be able to connect to more than 100 U.S. destinations through a single, convenient connection at Delta’s MSP hub.

Delta’s flagship A350-900 aircraft has 306 total seats, including 32 award-winning Delta One suites, 48 seats in the Delta Premium Select cabin, and 226 main cabin seats. All seats offer personal inflight entertainment, power ports and ample overhead bin space. All cabins of service include complimentary meals, snacks and beverages.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Delta): Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N509DN (msn 199) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943941.

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Delta to end Orlando – Sao Paulo service

Delta Air Lines will drop the daily Orlando – San Paulo, Brazil route on March 11, 2019.

The route is currently flown with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft according to Airline Route.


Delta expands at Ontario International Airport with new nonstop service to Atlanta

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER WL N811DZ (msn 31916) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943986.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Beginning in April, Delta will add a new route at Ontario International Airport through new service to its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s largest airline hub airport.

Delta will offer one daily flight beginning April 22 and add a second flight beginning June 9, 2019.

The flights will operate on the following schedule and will be for sale beginning Oct. 20:

Ontario International Airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Depart ONT at 10:55 a.m. / Arrive ATL at 6:25 p.m.
  • Depart ONT at 10:45 p.m. / Arrive ATL at 6:05 a.m. (next day) *

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Ontario International Airport

  • Depart ATL at 8:30 a.m. / Arrive ONT 9:57 a.m.
  • Depart ATL at 7:30 p.m. / Arrive ONT at 8:57 p.m.*

*Begins June 9

The onboard Delta experience will be on Boeing 737-900ER aircraft with 20 seats in First Class, 21 in Delta Comfort+ and 139 in the main cabin. Every seat includes access to Wi-Fi, free personal in-flight seatback entertainment screens, power ports as well as complimentary snacks and beverages.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Delta): Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER WL N811DZ (msn 31916) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943986.

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Auburn University, Delta Air Lines partnership elevates future of aviation, develops next generation of pilots

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Auburn University and Delta Air Lines are teaming up to further elevate the future of aviation, partnering together to develop the next generation of pilots.

With a recent $6.2 million grant by Delta Air Lines, the Delta Air Lines Foundation and the Jacobson Family Foundation, a new Delta Air Lines Aviation Education Building will open this fall at Auburn, featuring an Airbus 320 airliner simulator. The gift is also providing funding for the university’s Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID Lab, and it will create endowed faculty professorships within Auburn’s Department of Aviation, home of one of the longest standing public flight programs in the country.

Delta is revolutionizing the way we teach aviation at Auburn,” said Bill Hutto, interim chair of Auburn’sDepartment of Aviation and director of the Auburn University Regional Airport and Auburn UniversityAviation Center. “We will see the impact of their gift for decades.”

The investment in the RFID Lab will provide a dedicated Delta Air Lines Aviation Sensor ID Bay to facilitate research and create an experiential learning center that will include executive, student, and industry teaching capabilities. Delta’s support will further the overall growth of RFID applications and contributions to sensor technology solutions across aviation to create the air travel experience of the future.

Alongside the launch of the Delta Air Lines Aviation Education Building, Delta also recently selected Auburn as one of just eight colleges nationwide to launch the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program. Its focus will be to help identify, select, and develop the next generation of pilots. Each student selected for the program will be matched with a Delta pilot as a mentor, and the students will receive a qualified job offer from Delta, detailing a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot.

The Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program has three main areas of focus—college, company, and community. This three-pronged approach will help Delta support future aviators as well as current Delta employees who have a passion for aviation and strong interest in becoming a Delta pilot. The Propel program is the first in the U.S. to offer students their choice of three unique career routes and an accelerated timeline to progress to Delta, in 42 months or less, after flying for one of the Delta Connection carriers; a job-share flying for Delta Private Jets and instructing for one of Delta’s partner collegiate aviation institutions; or flying military aircraft for the Air National Guard or Reserves.

It all adds up to a unique partnership in which Auburn and Delta are leading the way on a global scale, helping us all stay better connected to the world.

Delta seeks 100 percent reliability with predictive maintenance technology

By Catherine Simmons

As Delta continues to focus on further improving its industry-leading operational reliability, the airline is investing in new tools and technology to further eliminate maintenance cancellations and enhance the customer experience.

Delta’s latest investment is a multi-year agreement with Airbus to use the Skywise open-data platform and related predictive maintenance services. As the first major U.S. carrier to invest in the tool, Delta will utilize Skywise on its A320 and A330 aircraft to track and analyze operations and performance data so it can assess the failure probabilities of aircraft parts to anticipate maintenance tasks before they’re needed.

“The time is right to invest in this technology because we’ve built the most reliable airline operation in the world with the best people and processes already in place,” said Gil West, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Adding Skywise to our stable of innovative TechOps tools will support our teams in their work to improve Delta’s performance by the fractions needed to reach our ultimate goal of 100 percent reliability.”

Delta TechOps teams keep the airline’s more than 850 mainline aircraft flying safely worldwide each and every day. Year-to-date the team has logged 248 days without a single maintenance-related cancellation, which has contributed to the airline going 100 days without a single mainline or regional partner cancellation this year. Between 2013 and 2017, Delta TechOps jumped from 169 cancel-free days to 324.

In 2015, Delta TechOps began working with Airbus on developing the manufacturer’s initial predictive program, Prognostic Risk Management, by co-designing, testing and making improvement recommendations about some of its key features. Delta TechOps will continue to partner with Airbus on Skywise, the next evolution of predictive offering, which complements Delta’s focus on using technology to predict when maintenance should be performed and eliminate unscheduled maintenance events.

“With a success rate of over 95 percent, our predictive maintenance program is just another way we’re building the world’s most reliable airline and providing a new standard of reliability to customers,” said Don Mitacek, Senior Vice President — TechOps. “Our incredibly skilled engineers and our home-grown processes for how to use data will continue to set Delta apart from the pack.”

Delta CEO Ed Bastian added, “Skywise is the latest example of our great partnership with Airbus. Delta people are continuously focused on improving the experience for customers, and this new tool will enable them to provide an exceptional, reliable experience.”


Delta to drop the following routes

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER WL N812DN (msn 31923) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943933.

Delta Air Lines has or is planning to drop nine routes according to Airline Route:

Cincinnati – Milwaukee – November 25, 2018
Cincinnati – Nashville – already dropped on September 28, 2018
Detroit – Akron/Canton – November 26, 2018
Detroit – Peoria -November 26, 2018
Los Angeles – Oakland – already dropped September 30, 2018
Minneapolis/St. Paul – Bloomington – November 26, 2018
Minneapolis/St. Paul – Flint – November 25, 2018
Minneapolis/St. Paul – West Palm Beach – January 2, 2019
New York JFK – Bangor – November 25, 2018

Copyright Photo (all others by Delta): Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER WL N812DN (msn 31923) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943933.

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Delta announces the first Airbus A220-100 routes

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

The next era of air travel starts S​aturday with Delta selling top domestic business routes on the new Airbus A220-100 aircraft, a state-of-the-art narrow body jet with all the amenities and luxury of a wide body aircraft.

Inaugural A220 flights are set to depart on January 31, 2019, from Delta’s hub at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International, and from LaGuardia to top business destination Dallas/Ft. Worth.*

Routes featuring the A220 that will be available for sale October 13 include:​

Market In-Service
New York-LGA to Boston January
New York-LGA to Dallas/Ft. Worth* January
Detroit to Dallas/Ft. Worth** March
New York-LGA to Houston-IAH* April
Salt Lake City to Dallas/Ft. Worth May
Minneapolis/St. Paul to Dallas/Ft. Worth June
Houston-IAH to Detroit & Minneapolis/St. Paul July
Houston-IAH to Salt Lake City* July
New York-JFK to Dallas/Ft. Worth* August

*Denotes route that will eventually be operated fully by A220

**Available for sale Oct. 20

Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, formerly known as the “C Series (CS100),” which will feature a modern interior with a spacious, wide body feel, and best-in-class fuel performance.

Delta is upgrading its fleet to replace less-efficient aircraft with highly efficient and state-of-the-art aircraft like the A220 as well as new Boeing 737-900ERs, Airbus A321s, Airbus A350s as well as Airbus A330-900neo and Airbus A321neo.

“This aircraft is the culmination of years of listening to our customers and responding with design innovations that continue to improve Delta’s domestic in-flight experience,” said Tim Mapes, S.V.P.​ and Chief Marketing Officer. “From high-resolution seat-back entertainment screens to the widest Main Cabin seats in our fleet, the A220 will deliver an experience our customers will look forward to every time they fly.”

Delta A220-100 Highlights:

  • 109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
  • State-of-the-art interior featuring seat-back screens, 2Ku Wi-Fi and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft
  • Thoughtful innovations like high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting

Main Cabin

Delta’s A220s will feature 18.6″ wide Main Cabin seats – the widest Main Cabin seats in Delta’s fleet – in a two-by-three layout. Each customer will also have personal power ports and complimentary premium entertainment on individual seat-back screens.

Delta Comfort+

Customers flying in Delta Comfort+ on the A220 can expect thoughtful extras, like more legroom and dedicated overhead bin space, in a customer-preferred two-by-three seat configuration.

First Class

In the First Class cabin, customers can look forward to the debut of a new, modern First Class seat design in a two-by-two layout, featuring the largest IFE screens of any Delta domestic First Class seat.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest geared turbofan PW1500G engine, the A220 takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver an expected 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over similar-sized aircraft when it enters service with Delta.

The first A220 rolled out of the paint shop in Mirabel last month and is now receiving finishing touches on the assembly line after its first test flight last week. Delta will take delivery of the first aircraft later this month.

All photos by Delta and Bombardier/Airbus.