Monday, June 13, 2016

Delta to restart seasonal ATL-BRU service in ‘17

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will resume service between Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Zaventem Airport in Brussels (BRU) in early 2017.

The service, which will begin on March 26, 2017, will be the only nonstop flight between the Belgian capital and Atlanta and will operate daily throughout the summer, the airline said in a statement announcing the resumption of service.

"It has been a difficult few months for the local community but we remain committed to Belgium and showing our support by operating two daily flights,” Dwight James, Delta's SVP trans-Atlantic, noted, referring to the March 22, 2016 bomb attack on the facility. Resumption of service. The resumption of service, “[W]ill benefit both the travelling public and also the local economy."

The addition of the non-stop flights between the city pair will double the size of Delta’s (NYSE: DAL) network from Belgium, as the airline currently operates a daily year-round service between BRU and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Flights will depart BRU at 11 a.m. and arrive at ATL at 2:45 p.m. Return flights depart ATL at 5:430 p.m., arriving at BRU at 8:20 a.m. the next day. Delta will use a 225-seat Boeing (NYSE:BA) 767-300 aircraft on the route. All flights from Belgium are operated in conjunction with joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia.

The route will be operated using a 226-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft. According to SeatGuru.com, Delta’s 767s that are configured to carry that number of passengers offer Delta One seats that are 21 inches wide with between 76.5 and 81.4 inches of pitch. They also feature Westin Heavenly Inflight Bedding from Westin Hotels & Resorts and TUMI amenity kits featuring products by MALIN + GOETZ.

The Comfort+ seats in the 767 are 17.9 inches wide with 35 inches of pitch while standard economy seats offer the same width but between 31 and 32 inches of pitch.

All flights from Brussels will be equipped with Wi-Fi and complimentary on-demand in-flight entertainment in all cabins. Movies and TV shows can also be downloaded to tablet and laptop devices.

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