Thursday, May 26, 2016

Delta begins year-round service from New York-JFK to Edinburgh, Scotland

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines launches its new nonstop flight between New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport and Edinburgh, Scotland the evening of May 26, extending the airline’s U.K. network into Scotland.

Flights will leave JFK at 10:45 p.m. and arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) at 10:50 a.m. the next day. Return flights will leave EDI at 1:10 p.m. and arrive at JFK at about 3:45 p.m.

According to the U.K.'s Office for National Statistics, the United States is the number-one inbound tourism market to Scotland, with nearly a half-million visitors in 2014, a 25 percent increase over the 2013. Scottish tourism officials expect the flights to be “a fantastic boost” to U.S. tourism.

Delta flight departs SEA
"Scottish tourism punches above its weight on the world stage,” Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said, noting that the new flights will strengthen Scotland’s connections to the North American market.

Delta (NYSE:DAL) will initially operate a 163-seat Boeing (NYSE:BA) 757-200ER aircraft on the route, switching to a 211-seat widebody Boeing 767-300ER for the summer months, then back to a 757-200ER on Sept. 5.

All flights from New York to Edinburgh will be equipped with Wi-Fi and will feature complimentary on-demand in-flight entertainment in all cabins, the airline said in a statement announcing the new service.

Customers flying in the Delta One cabin, the airline’s name for the highest class product available on a given aircraft, will have flat-bed seats with Westin Heavenly Bedding and TUMI amenity kits with products by MALIN + GOETZ. The premium class cabin on the 757 offers 16 seats in a two-and-two arrangement. Seats are 22.2 inches wide and offer 76 inches of pitch, according to SeatGuru.com.

The Delta One cabin on the 767 will offer 36 seats in a one-two-one configuration that are 21 inches wide with between 76.5 and 81.4 inches of pitch.

Premium class customers have a range of regional dining options, with menu items produced using seasonal ingredients and paired with wines selected exclusively by a master sommelier, the carrier said.

Passengers in the Delta Comfort+ section will have up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than seats in the main cabin seats, in addition to priority boarding, the airline said. Both Comfort+ and main cabin seats on the 757 are 17.2 inches wide according to SeatGuru.com. Main cabin seats have pitch of between 31 and 33 inches while Comfort+ seat pitch is consistently 35 inches.

Summer travelers will have more space in the economy sections of the 767. Both Comfort+ and standard economy seats are 17.9 inches wide, with pitch almost identical to the 757 used outside the peak summer travel season.

Tickets for Delta's New York-Edinburgh service are available through Delta Air Lines’ website and through the airline’s joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic Airways.

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