Friday, September 22, 2017

Delta adds trans-Atlantic routes in early to mid-2018

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will add eight new nonstop routes to Europe from several U.S. gateways beginning during the spring and summer of 2018.

Los Angeles (LAX)

Delta (NYSE:DAL) will introduce Boeing (NYSE:BA) 777-200LR service from Los Angeles International to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airports beginning June 16.

The iconic Theme Building at LAX
Amsterdam-bound flights will depart LAX at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at 7:55 a.m. the following day. Return flights will depart AMS at 3:35 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in L.A. at 6:25 p.m.

Flights to Paris will leave LAX at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving at 7:55 a.m. the following day. Return flights will depart CDG at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in L.A. at 6:25 p.m.

New York (JFK)

Service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International, Delta’s largest trans-Atlantic gateway, will expand next year when the carrier launches year-round service to Lagos, Nigeria’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) beginning March 24, and new seasonal service to João Paulo II Airport (PDL) in the Ponta Delgada, Azores beginning May 24.

Flights to Lagos will depart JFK at 10:55 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving at LOS at 2:50 p.m. the following day. Return flights will leave Nigeria at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in NYC at 5:30 a.m. the next morning.

New service to the Azores will take flight five days a week, departing JFK at 8:30 p.m. excluding Mondays and Wednesdays, arriving at PDL at 7:30 a.m. the following day. Return flights will leave the Portuguese islands at 9:15 a.m. excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays, arriving at JFK at 10:30 a.m.

In addition, Delta will be upgrading service from JFK to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) with the introduction of new A330 service.

Atlanta

From May 24 through Sept. 4, Delta will operate daily seasonal service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) to Lisbon, Portugal (LIS). Flights on Boeing 767 aircraft will depart ATL at 7:30 p.m., arriving in Lisbon at 8:45 a.m. the next day. Return flights leave LIS at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Atlanta at 2:45 p.m.

Detroit

Delta will add a third daily round-trip between Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Paris beginning May 16. The new service, which will augment the existing Delta and Air France flights, will depart Detroit at 3:50 p.m. and arrive in La Ville Lumière (The City of Light) at 6 a.m. the following morning. New return flights leave CDG at 1:10 p.m. and arrive in The Motor City at 4:10 p.m.

Orlando and Indianapolis

Soldiers' and Sailors'
Monument, Indianapolis
Previously announced year-round service will begin March 30 from Orlando International (MCO) to Amsterdam and on May 24 from Indianapolis International (IND) to Paris.

Flights will depart Florida at 9:45 p.m., either daily or five times per week depending on the season, arriving at AMS at 12:45 p.m. the following day. Return flights will leave The Netherlands at 1:15 p.m., arriving at MCO at 5:40 p.m.

Paris-bound flights will leave Indianapolis at 6:20 p.m., arriving at CDG at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Return flights will leave Paris at 1:15 p.m. and arrive at IND at 4:35 p.m.

The new flights will make Delta, “The No. 1 choice for customers traveling between the United States and Europe,” the carrier said in a statement announcing the added service.

Seating

All flights offer Delta One, the carrier’s international business class product that is available on all international long-haul flights. According to SeatGuru.com, Delta One seats on all three aircraft types are 21 inches wide with pitch ranging from 77 to 81 inches. Delta Comfort+, the airline’s premium economy class, offer seats between 17.9 inches and 18.5 inches wide, with pitch consistently 35 inches. Standard economy seats are also between 17.9 inches and 18.5 inches wide, with pitch of 31 to 32 inches.

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