Thursday, November 19, 2015

Delta to add non-stop flights between DEN and LAX

Delta Air Lines will launch five daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Denver International Airport (DEN) beginning June 1, 2016.

The new flights will “close a key gap for its corporate customers in Los Angeles,” Delta (NYSE:DAL) said in a statement announcing the upcoming new service. At present, the airline’s passengers must connect through either Salt Lake City (SLC) or Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) when flying between LAX and DEN.

Flights will leave LAX at 6:30 and 9:10 a.m., and 12:45, 3:30 and 6:55 p.m., arriving at DEN approximately two hours, 25 minutes later. Flights from DEN will depart at 7 and 10:30 a.m., and 1:15, 4:45, and 8:35 p.m. The flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using two-class, 76-seat CRJ-900 aircraft.

According to SeatGuru.com, those aircraft have 12 recliner seats in First Class that are 19.6 inches wide and offer pitch of 37 inches. The aircraft also have 12 Comfort+ seats that are 17.3 inches wide with 34 inches of pitch and 52 standard economy seats that are the same width as Comfort+ but with pitch of 31 inches.

As previously reported by TheTravelPro, Delta’s Comfort+ seats will be sold as a separate product on flights within the U.S. and Canada starting in May 2016. Until then, Delta customers will be able to choose Comfort+ as an enhanced seating option only afte
r purchasing a main cabin fare.

The new Denver flights extend Delta's expansion of its Los Angeles service. In 2016, Delta will begin operating Boeing (NYSE:BA) 717 aircraft on all Delta Shuttle flights between LAX and San Francisco (SFO), increase to 10 daily flights to both New York-JFK and Seattle (SEA) and add a third daily flight to Boston (BOS). Delta's seat growth in Los Angeles has grown more than 99 percent since 2009, the most of any carrier, the airline said.

The carrier’s new Denver service will enable travelers flying from DEN to access one-stop connecting service to several key international destinations through LAX, including the carrier’s new nonstop service to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG), Sydney (SYD) and Brisbane (BNE) through Delta's partnership with Virgin Australia as well as Tokyo-Haneda (HND).

Delta operates 160 peak-day departures to 60 destinations from Los Angeles and recently completed a $229-million facilities enhancement of Terminal 5 at LAX that features a newly remodeled Delta Sky Club, a renovated Sky Priority lobby, and a new premium check-in experience called Delta ONE at LAX for the airline’s First Class passengers.

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