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Delta and Virgin Atlantic offer more choice between U.S. and U.K. this summer

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic launch their joint summer 2018 schedule this weekend – offering more nonstop flights than ever before from the U.S. to four airports in the U.K..

The leading trans-Atlantic partnership will offer more than 5 million seats between the U.S. and U.K. this summer, making it even easier to spend the holidays in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Belfast.

Highlights include:

More choice to London

  • Delta will resume the only nonstop services from Portland, Oregon, and Salt Lake City to London-Heathrow. Flights from Salt Lake City launch on April 1 with services to Portland, OR taking off on May 3.
  • Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, is adding a sixth daily service from New York-JFK to London Heathrow, while Delta is introducing the larger A330 onto its two daily services. Together, the partnership will be increasing capacity between the two hubs by 6 percent.
  • Delta has also scheduled A330s on services to London from Atlanta and Detroit, adding capacity on these two hub-to-hub routes also.

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-323 N813NW (msn 799) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 902202.

Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-323 N813NW (msn 799) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 902202.

Increased nonstop flights to Scotland and Northern Ireland

  • Delta and Virgin Atlantic will be kicking off their biggest ever season to Scotland this summer – offering up to 17 flights a week from New York-JFK and Orlando.
  • Delta will operate daily nonstop services from New York-JFK to both Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports.
  • Virgin Atlantic is operating its longest season from Orlando to Belfast International – trebling the number of seats available.

Multiple connections to Manchester

  • Virgin Atlantic is increasing capacity between New York and Manchester, and will introduce a Boeing 747-400 onto the service from May.
  • Virgin Atlantic is also reintroducing its popular seasonal flights to Manchester from Las Vegas, San Francisco and Boston.

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Delta aircraft slide show (Airbus):

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-4Q8 G-VBIG (msn 26255) LHR (SPA). Image: 929824.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-4Q8 G-VBIG (msn 26255) LHR (SPA). Image: 929824.


Delta explores robotic suits to augment employee safety, strength on front lines

Delta Air Lines has issued this statement:

What happens when you give a Delta employee a body suit fit for a super hero? The world may not have to wait long to find out.

Delta is an initial member in an Exoskeleton Technical Advisory Group (X-TAG) that will think about the best ways to bring full-body, powered industrial exoskeleton systems to the workforce. Led by Sarcos Robotics, other X-TAG members include Bechtel, BMW, Caterpillar, GE, Schlumberger and additional leading companies representing aviation, construction, heavy machinery and utilities.

“There is no greater responsibility we have than to keep our people and our customers safe,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer. “This X-TAG is an innovative opportunity to think about how fitting our employees with wearable robotics can build on our strong personal safety culture and further protect our people from injury by giving them an additional layer of strength and protection.”

Delta has a strong track record of finding new ways to improve customer and employee experiences through technology. From the Nomad and SkyPro handheld devices for agents and flight attendants, to real-time RFID bag scanning and the biometric boarding pass, Delta is leading the industry with innovative solutions while maintaining its position as the most reliable airline in the world.

Sarcos is a global leader in producing robots that combine human intelligence and dexterity with the strength, endurance and precision of machines to improve efficiency and reduce occupational injuries for complex or non-repetitive tasks. The company’ CEO announced the partnership during a WearRAcon talk where he shared the Sarcos’ vision of using wearable robotics to safely support and protect the current workforce, not replace it.

“The opportunity to deploy powered, full-body industrial exoskeletons that reduce injury and dramatically enhance human strength, endurance and precision is more proximate than most people realize” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO of Sarcos Robotics. “Top innovators, thought leaders and industry experts across key industries have joined with us to create the safest, most productive and cost-effective workforce in the world and provide us with industry and safety requirements guidance to ensure we meet industry needs in advance of commercial deployment.”

Sarcos exoskeleton systems are energetically autonomous and highly dexterous. Intuitive to operate and easy to put on and take off, the exoskeleton operator bears none of the weight of the robot or the payload carried by the robot.

While Delta’s people-focused culture has resulted in the airline being certified as a Great Place To Work in addition to being named again as one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For in 2018, participating in this X-TAG is the latest example of Delta’s commitment to partnering with other industries to explore innovative ways of improving customer and employee experiences. The airline recently announced it is part of the Seamless Air Alliance to empower customers with seamless in-cabin connectivity experience and is leading the industry on a number of customer solutions like working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on optional facial recognition boarding tests, biometric-based self-service bag drop, automatic check-in via the Fly Delta mobile app. Delta also was recently named among Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies for 2018.

Delta connects El Paso, Texas, to the West with new nonstop service to Salt Lake City

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 911201.

Delta customers will have a new, convenient way to access El Paso, Texas with new nonstop service from the airline’s hub at Salt Lake City International Airport beginning October 1.

Delta’s Salt Lake City hub offers customers more than 250 daily departures to 90 destinations across the Intermountain West, West Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and Europe, bringing the world to El Paso International Airport with easy, one-stop connections.

The new service will complement existing Delta flying of three peak-day departures from El Paso with global connections via the airline’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The daily service will operate as follows:

Departs Arrives Aircraft
ELP at 8:15 a.m. SLC at 10:15 a.m. CRJ-900
SLC at 8:05 p.m. ELP at 10:25 p.m. CRJ-900

The Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines is equipped with 12 seats in First Class, 20 in Comfort+ and 44 in the main cabin. Customers will have access to in-flight Wi-Fi as well as streaming in-flight entertainment via Delta Studio.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 911201.

Delta Connection-SkyWest aircraft slide show:

Delta adds its 50th destination from Boston with new Las Vegas service starting October 1

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N376DA (msn 29624) LAX (Jay Selman). Image: 402954.

A milestone is coming to Delta’s service in Boston this October: Las Vegas service will mark the global airline’s 50th nonstop destination from Boston Logan International Airport and Delta and partners will serve 33 domestic destinations and 17 international destinations from Boston.

Delta’s daily BOS-LAS schedule is conveniently timed for both business and leisure travelers:

Departs Arrives Aircraft
BOS at 08:15 a.m. LAS at 11:10 a.m. Boeing 737-800
LAS at 11:15 a.m. BOS at 7:20 p.m. Boeing 737-800


The onboard experience will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft with seating for 16 in First Class, 36 in Comfort+ and 108 in the main cabin, featuring in-flight entertainment at every seat and streaming via Delta Studio in addition to Wi-Fi access.

Delta’s broad service at Las Vegas

Delta and partners offer more than 70 daily departures from Las Vegas on an average day, including proposed (pending final government approvals) joint venture partners WestJet and Korean Air and joint cooperation agreement partner Aeromexico.

Recent Delta service increases include an additional daily flight to San Diego that began in 2017 and Seattle beginning in July 2018 for improved intra-West connectivity. Las Vegas service provides Boston customers with a new and convenient gateway to top intra-west destinations such as San Jose and Orange County, California (SNA).

Delta dates its Las Vegas presence back to Western Airlines’ inaugural service on April 17, 1926 – the first scheduled commercial airline service to Las Vegas from Los Angeles. Western merged with Delta in 1987. Delta began jet service at Las Vegas more than 50 years ago on June 1, 1962.

Delta’s leading global network in Boston

Delta is continuing its investment in Boston by reaching 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 serve 50 total destinations from Boston, including 17 international destinations and the largest transatlantic network.

Delta’s new service to Las Vegas 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/Tacoma, Kansas City, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh.


Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N376DA (msn 29624) LAX (Jay Selman). Image: 402954.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (Boeing):

Delta to add a new Sky Club in Phoenix

On the heels of February’s announcement that Delta Sky Club is expanding to Austin, Delta will also open a new Delta Sky Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in late 2018.

Conveniently located near the Delta gates on the new South Concourse — Terminal 3, the Delta Sky Club will be 7,500 square feet, offering guests a new space to catch up on work or relax during their travels.

It will also feature:

  • Design inspired by the Southwest desert landscape, with earth tones and rich colors
  • Seasonal, locally inspired cuisine and customizable food offerings like the SkyBowl, where guests can build their own bowl choosing from grains, vegetables and proteins
  • A full-service, complimentary bar that features seasonal cocktails and wine selected by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
  • Artwork throughout the Delta Sky Club from Phoenix-based and regional artists
  • Comfortable seating, Wi-Fi and easily accessible power outlets at nearly every seat

Photo: Delta Air Lines.

Delta to bring Cleveland, Ohio a nonstop link to its Salt Lake City hub

Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-114 N322NB (msn 1434) LGA (Ken Petersen). Image: 924148.

Delta Air Lines is linking Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with a nonstop flight beginning July 8 to its Salt Lake City hub, bringing customers direct access to the great leisure and business options along Utah’s capital region and many other great one-stop onward destinations.

Salt Lake City service marks the eighth Delta nonstop destination from Cleveland, bringing an increase of Delta peak day departures to over 40 percent and seat levels by 100 percent in the last five years.

The flying will operate on the following schedule:

Departs Arrives Aircraft
CLE at 8:30 a.m. SLC at 10:25 a.m. Airbus A319
SLC at 5 p.m. CLE at 10:50 p.m. Airbus A319​

For customers, the onboard Delta experience will be on Airbus A319 aircraft, with seating for 12 in First Class, 18 in Comfort+ and 102 in the main cabin. Free in-flight streaming entertainment via Delta Studio and access to Wi-Fi is available at every seat.

In other news, Delta is also bringing New York nonstop service to Chattanooga customers, thanks to new nonstop service to be flown six times weekly beginning July 9.

The flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air on CRJ900 aircraft with seating for 12 in First Class, 20 in Delta Comfort+ and 44 in the main cabin. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be served and customers will have access to inflight Wi-Fi.  Flights will operate on the following schedule:

Departs Arrives Days of Operation
CHA at 7:05 a.m. LGA at 9:30 a.m. Mon. – Sat.
LGA at 8:20 p.m. CHA at 10:55 p.m. Sun. – Fri.


The new LaGuardia service will complement existing Delta service, offering 12 peak-day departures from Chattanooga with global connections via the airline’s hubs at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

More than 70 years ago, Delta began serving Chattanooga and the southeastern Tennessee community on 21-passenger Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-114 N322NB (msn 1434) LGA (Ken Petersen). Image: 924148.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (Airbus):


Delta proactively cancels flights as storm brings strong winds, snow to Northeast U.S.

Delta Air Lines issued this storm update on March 2:

A powerful late winter storm could bring winds in excess of 50 mph in some areas along the Northeast coast, including at New York City-area airports. As a result, Delta has proactively canceled approximately 750 flights to and from the Northeast and New England Thursday night and Friday, with more disruptions possible.

The forecasted gusty winds, increasing in intensity over the course of Friday, will pose a challenge for airline operations. In particular, high crosswinds at the New York airports may, at times, exceed allowable limits for certain regional and mainline aircraft. Those winds may also prevent ground crews from provisioning aircraft with catering and may hamper de-icing efforts—a safety requirement anytime snow or other frozen precipitation is falling.

Customers are encouraged to check or the Fly Delta mobile app for the most up-to-date flight status information.

winter weather waiver has been issued for affected cities from Washington, D.C., as far north as Portland, Maine, and as far west as Cleveland. This waiver allows customers the ability to make a one-time change to their travel plans without incurring a fee.

Delta will also proactively re-position aircraft away from the New York airports during the most significant impact from the storm, making them available to quickly restart flights once the storm passes. The snow and heavy winds are forecasted to taper off late Friday night and Saturday. Delta will aim to rebound its operations in the region Saturday.

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