Thursday, August 14, 2014

Delta moves LGA-BOS shuttle to new terminal Nov.2

Delta Air Lines’ New York-Boston shuttle will move from the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Terminal C effective Nov. 2.

Customers on the route between LGA and Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) will fly aboard Boeing 717, which represents and upgrade from the Embraer 175 currently on the route. Flights will also use new departure and arrival facilities at LaGuardia in Terminal C, which were upgraded in2012 as part of Delta’s (NYSE:DAL) $160m investment to modernize and connect Terminals C and D at LaGuardia.

In conjunction with the renovations, the airline opened a new 7,600 square foot Delta Sky Club, which features a full wall of windows with runway views. Passengers will also have access to Delta's five new restaurants with menus led by celebrity chefs, an expansive food hall and fresh markets.

"Delta Shuttle customers between Boston and New York will fly on larger mainline jets as we shift operations to Terminal C," Gail Grimmett, senior vice president – New York, said in a statement announcing the change. "Customers will enjoy a great Delta Shuttle product with the frequency and amenities they've come to expect as well as being able to experience our most updated space at LaGuardia."

Delta will use Boeing 717 aircraft on the route, which can accommodate 110 passengers including 12 First Class seats in a two by two configuration, 15 Economy Comfort and 83 economy seats in a two by three configuration. First Class seats are 19.6 inches wide, while Economy Comfort and Economy seats are 18.1 inches wide, according to the Delta website. Pitch – the space from one seat back to the seat back in front of it – is 37 inches, 34 inches, and 31 inches, respectively.

The Embraer 175s currently serving the route accommodate 86 passengers including 52 Economy seats, 12 Economy Comfort seats, and 12 First Class seats. Seat width and pitch on the Embraer is essentially identical to the Boeing 717, according to SeatGuru.com.

The larger aircraft will offer WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and USB power. The aircraft currently on the route offer WiFi but lack the power options.

Delta operates 15 daily flights on weekdays with departures hourly from 6 a.m. through 8 p.m. Boston-based customers will now be able connect through Delta's LaGuardia hub for access to 64 additional cities.

The airline will provide dedicated gates for shuttle passengers, and will offer complimentary coffee and newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times. Power at the gates will also be available.

Onboard, passengers will be offered complimentary snacks including bagels before 10:30 a.m. or gourmet nut mix for flights after 10:30 a.m. They will also be offered complimentary beverages in-flight including craft beer and wine in all classes of service during the one hour, 15 minutes journeys.

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