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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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Delta continues international growth in Boston with new nonstop flights to Scotland

Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 WL N699DL (msn 29970) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 924146.

Delta Air Lines is adding another new international route from Boston, with a daily nonstop flight from Boston Logan International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland, next summer.

The route will be the eighth nonstop trans-Atlantic destination from Boston on Delta and its partners during the summer 2019 season.

The new route complements Delta’s existing service between Boston and the U.K., which includes flights to London-Heathrow, offered both on Delta and joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic, as well as Virgin Atlantic’s service to Manchester.


The flying will operate on the following schedule effective May 23:

Boston Logan International Airport – Edinburgh Airport

  • Departs BOS at 10:15 p.m.
  • Arrives EDI at 9:25 a.m. (next day)

Edinburgh Airport – Boston Logan International Airport

  • Departs EDI at 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrives BOS at 1:02 p.m.

The onboard Delta experience will be on Boeing 757 aircraft equipped with 16 seats in Delta One, 44 seats Delta Comfort+ and 108 seats in the Main Cabin. Every seat includes access to Wi-Fi, free personal in-flight seatback entertainment screens and power ports as well as complimentary beverages, snacks and meals.

Edinburgh service follows recently announced nonstop service from Boston to Lisbon. Meanwhile, Delta’s Dublin service, which debuted in 2017, will operate on larger 767-300ER aircraft in 2019 due to increased demand.

Along with its partners, Delta operates 118 peak-day departures from Boston, an increase of 12 departures compared with 2017 and up 32 departures over 2016. Earlier this month, Delta marked its 49th and 50th nonstop destinations from Boston to Las Vegas and Philadelphia respectively – up from just 32 destinations from Boston in 2016.

Delta will serve a total of 16 international destinations from Boston in 2019. Additional Boston service enhancements made in 2018 include new service to Charleston, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Savanah; additional flights to top business markets Jacksonville, Atlanta, Tampa, Kansas City, Nashville, and Pittsburgh; and continued leisure expansion with new Saturday service to Aruba, marking Delta’s sixth destination in the Caribbean from Boston. Delta’s partner Virgin Atlantic offers service to London-Heathrow; partner KLM will begin nonstop Amsterdam service in March; and partner Korean Air will begin service to Seoul-Incheon in April.

Delta also serves Edinburgh from its New York-JFK hub.

Copyright Photo (all others by Delta): Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 WL N699DL (msn 29970) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 924146.

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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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