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Delta offering more trans-Atlantic flying than ever

This Memorial Day weekend marks the start of Delta’s biggest ever summer on the trans-Atlantic. Some 11 routes – both new and old favorites – will begin over the next couple of days connecting the U.S. and nine countries in Europe.

Portugal is proving to be a hot destination for U.S. visitors this summer and Delta is responding by increasing capacity by more than 200 percent compared to 2017. Not only is it launching service from Atlanta to Lisbon (right), it is also spreading its wings to the Azores for the first time, flying five times a week from New York-JFK throughout the summer. Delta is the only airline to offer this route to the Portuguese island archipelago, which has much to offer including unspoiled beaches, Portugal’s tallest mountain, colonial villages and home-grown food and wines. These routes complement the daily existing flight from JFK to Lisbon, which launched in summer 2017 and resumed on May 3 as a year-round service.

EMEAI route map.JPG“Portugal and the Azores are growing in popularity with U.S. tourists, as evidenced by a 30 percent jump in American visitor numbers to Portugal last year. Delta’s significant growth in the market will support this upward trend and benefit the local economy through increased tourism,” Corneel Koster, Senior Vice President – Europe, Middle East, Africa & India, told a press conference in Lisbon.

Elsewhere on the trans-Atlantic:

Indianapolis gets its first European departure when the inaugural flight departs for Paris. The daily operation starts just in time for the Indy 500, bringing motor-racing fans to the heart of the action. And, as a year-round service, the flight will offer easy access to their homeland for the more than 40 French businesses that have a presence in Indianapolis.

Paris will welcome back nonstop service from Pittsburgh as well as an additional frequency from Detroit, bringing to 15 the number of peak-day nonstop services Delta offers to the French capital. In the south of the country, the longstanding JFK-Nice service restarted last month in time for the glitz and glamor of the iconic Cannes Film Festival.

“Hub-to-hub flying is important to Delta on the trans-Atlantic but travel demand is so high during the summer that we increase our ‘point-to-point’ network too,” sa​id Dwight James, Senior Vice President -Transatlantic. “Throughout the summer season, we are celebrating seven new routes and remain the leading carrier between the U.S. and Europe.”

Dublin

The Minneapolis/St. Paul-Reykjavic route returns for the second year, along with popular routes between JFK and Glasgow and JFK-Copenhagen. Back too is the JFK-Malaga service, which is now in its 10th year and joins the seasonal Atlanta-Barcelona flight to boost Spain’s network.

Completing the lineup are additional frequencies to Amsterdam, Athens and Rome plus the restart of services to Dublin (above) from Atlanta and Boston. These join year-round JFK service to the Irish capital, which will celebrate its 30-year anniversary in June.

And that’s not all. Next month, Delta will increase its European network further with the start of nonstop service from Los Angeles to both Paris and Amsterdam. With these two services, Delta will offer up to 85 daily departures from the United States to Europe this summer.

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Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop from the U.S. in 2019

Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop flights between the United States and Mumbai, India, next year, linking the U.S. with one of its strongest trading partners.

The announcement follows agreements between the U.S. and the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to address the issue of government subsidies provided to state-owned carriers in those nations. The framework created by the agreement allows Delta to move forward with service to India, a market long impacted by government-subsidized Middle Eastern airlines.

This move will mark a return to India for Delta, which was forced to exit the market after subsidized state-owned airlines made service economically unviable.

“It is exciting to be able to announce Delta’s return to India from the U.S. as part of our vision to expand Delta’s reach internationally,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “We are thankful to the president for taking real action to enforce our Open Skies trade deals, which made this new service possible. We are looking forward to providing customers in the U.S. and India with Delta’s famously reliable, customer-focused service operated by the best employees in the industry.”

The service is subject to government approval; full schedule details will be announced later this year.

Delta also intends to expand its existing codeshare relationship with partner Jet Airways to provide seamless connections to other destinations within India, subject to government approvals.

Delta to resume New York JFK – Orange County flights

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-732 WL N307DQ (msn 29679) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 902373.

Delta Air Lines will resume the nonstop New York (JFK) – Orange County route on October 15, 2018. The restored route will operate six days a week with Boeing 737-700 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-732 WL N307DQ (msn 29679) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 902373.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (Boeing):

Delta to drop Orlando – Miami service

Delta Air Lines Airbus A320-212 N371NW (msn 1535) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104666.

Delta Air Lines will drop the Orlando – Miami route on October 28. The route is currently served once a day with Airbus A320s according to Airline route.

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A320-212 N371NW (msn 1535) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104666.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (Airbus):

Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic sign definitive agreements to strengthen trans-Atlantic partnership

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VNEW (msn 40956) "Birthday Girl"  LHR (SPA). Image: 941875.

Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Limited on May 15, 2018 signed definitive agreements paving the way forward for their expanded trans-Atlantic joint venture:

  • The Joint Venture Agreement signed between Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic sets out the governance as well as the commercial and operational terms of the expanded trans-Atlantic Joint Venture.
  • Upon completion, Air France-KLM will acquire a 31 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic currently held by Virgin Group for £220 million.
  • Virgin Group will retain a 20 percent stake and Chairmanship of Virgin Atlantic.
  • Delta will retain its 49 percent stake.

Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic will now coordinate efforts to secure the appropriate regulatory approvals.

The airlines’ expanded joint venture will become the preferred choice for customers travelling across the Atlantic offering the most comprehensive route network, convenient flight schedules, competitive fares and reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including the ability to earn and redeem miles across all carriers. Customers will also benefit from the co-location of facilities at key hub airports to improve connectivity and access to each carrier’s airport lounges for premium passengers.

The signed agreements are all subject to regulatory approvals.

Copyright Photo: Once finalized, Virgin Atlantic will have a new ownership structure. Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VNEW (msn 40956) “Birthday Girl” LHR (SPA). Image: 941875.

Virgin Atlantic aircraft slide show:

Nonstop Delta service from Boston to Philadelphia coming October 1

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

Delta Air Lines is adding another top destination to its growing nonstop options from Logan International Airport, with new daily nonstop service to Philadelphia, beginning on October 1.

The service will be flown four times daily on Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air on the following schedule:

Boston Logan International Airport – Philadelphia International Airport

Departs Arrives
BOS at 6:45 a.m. PHL at 8:23 a.m.
BOS at 11:05 a.m. PHL at 12:49 p.m.
BOS at 1:50 p.m. PHL at 3:41 p.m.
BOS at 6:35 p.m. PHL at 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia International Airport – Boston Logan International Airport

Departs Arrives
PHL at 9:00 a.m. BOS at 10:30 a.m.
PHL at 1:25 p.m. BOS at 2:53 p.m.
PHL at 4:20 p.m. BOS at 5:54 p.m.
PHL at 8:45 p.m. BOS at 10:29 p.m.

Delta’s leading global network in Boston

Philadelphia will be Delta’s 51st nonstop destination from Boston Logan, following Las Vegas service that also begins on October 1. Additionally on October 1, Delta will offer a third daily nonstop to Tampa International Airport.

Delta’s new service to Philadelphia complements numerous Boston service enhancements made in 2018. This spring, Delta added new seasonal weekend service to New Orleans, Savannah and Charleston, with Charleston service increasing to daily beginning in summer. This leisure expansion continues with new Saturday service to Aruba as of June, marking Delta’s sixth destination in the Caribbean from Boston.  Additional flights to top business markets begin this summer from Boston to Nashville, Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.

Boston serves as an ideal gateway for Philadelphia customers traveling to Europe, with nonstop service to London, Dublin, Paris and Amsterdam. Customers can also fly nonstop from Boston to Rome on Delta partner Alitalia, and Manchester on Delta partner Virgin Atlantic.

Delta’s continued investment in Boston will reach 112 peak day departures by this summer, an increase of 19 departures compared with summer 2017 and 29 departures over summer 2016. Delta and its partners will serve 51 total destinations from Boston, including 17 international destinations and the largest trans-Atlantic network.

 

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air aircraft slide show:

New look coming for Delta employees on May 29

Delta gave this sneak peek of the new uniforms coming on May 29 on social media:

On May 29, service and dedication are getting a makeover. Here’s a small preview of our new look coming soon, so you can spot us in the airport. Don’t worry, the red coats are still red.

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