Ever since matching to Northwest Platinum I’ve been thinking about taking advantage of the convenient Delta nonstop TPA to LAX flight, which is the only transcon out of TPA. Best of all Delta has one of the few lounges in TPA, so lounge access along with a transcon in first class (upgraded, hopefully) sounds good, right?
Well, as I was getting ready to actually book the trip for February I noticed that TPA-LAX will now be operated by Northwest using an A319. Nothing against Northwest, but this means no entertainment on a five hour flight and no lounge access in TPA since they’re in different terminals (for now) — not so appealing anymore! On the plus side, they added an LAX-TPA redeye which could be extremely handy, so maybe it’s not all bad.
It seems like TPA to LAX won’t be the only route that’s being “enhanced” — on the flip side, starting mid-next year, Delta will be taking over PDX-NRT, GUM-NRT, and HNL-NRT, which is currently operated by Northwest. Most would say that’s a downgrade overall, with no personal entertainment systems in coach on Delta 767’s, but at the end of the day it’ll balance out.
This should be interesting to observe….