A bit over a month ago, American announced some transatlantic expansion for the summer 2018 season. Last week United announced some transatlantic expansion for the summer 2018 season. And now it’s Delta’s turn…
Delta has just announced some transatlantic expansion out of Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York, for next summer. Some of the expansion is seasonal, while some of it is year-round.
Here are the details:
Los Angeles to Paris
Delta will operate 3x weekly Boeing 777-200LR flights between Los Angeles and Paris beginning June 16, 2018. The schedule will be as follows:
DL156 Los Angeles to Paris departing 12:00PM arriving 7:55AM (+1 day) [Tue, Thu, Sat]
DL157 Paris to Los Angeles departing 3:15PM arriving 6:25PM [Wed, Fri, Sun]
This will complement Air France’s service between Los Angeles and Paris, given that the two airlines have a transatlantic joint venture.
Los Angeles to Amsterdam
Delta will operate 4x weekly Boeing 777-200LR flights between Los Angeles and Amsterdam beginning June 16, 2018. The schedule will be as follows:
DL78 Los Angeles to Amsterdam departing 12:00PM arriving 7:55AM (+1 day) [Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun]
DL79 Amsterdam to Los Angeles departing 3:35PM arriving 6:25PM [Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat]
This will complement KLM’s service between Los Angeles and Amsterdam, given that the two airlines have a transatlantic joint venture.
Since Delta gave up their Los Angeles to London flight to Virgin Atlantic, Paris and Amsterdam will be Delta’s only transatlantic flights out of LAX.
New York to Ponta Delgada
Delta will operate 5x weekly Boeing 757-200 flights between New York and Ponta Delgada (in the Azores) beginning May 24, 2018. The schedule will be as follows:
DL417 New York to Ponta Delgada departing 8:30PM arriving 7:30AM (+1 day) [Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun]
DL217 Ponta Delgada to New York departing 9:15AM arriving 10:30AM [Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun]
Delta will be the only US airline flying to the Azores, as Azores Airlines is otherwise the only airline offering direct service between the US and the islands.
New York to Lagos
Delta will operate 3x weekly year-round Airbus A330 flights between New York and Lagos beginning March 24, 2018. The schedule will be as follows:
DL415 New York to Lagos departing 10:55PM arriving 2:50PM (+1 day) [Mon, Wed, Fri]
DL215 Lagos to New York departing 11:30PM arriving 5:30AM (+1 day) [Tue, Thu, Sat]
This news was actually announced about a month ago, and what’s new isn’t the route as such, but that it’s being operated by an A330, which features a much better business class product.
Atlanta to Lisbon
Delta will operate daily Boeing 767-300 flights between Atlanta and Lisbon between May 24 and September 4, 2018. The schedule will be as follows:
DL122 Atlanta to Lisbon departing 7:30PM arriving 8:45AM (+1 day)
DL123 Lisbon to Atlanta departing 10:30AM arriving 2:45PM
Portugal sure is a hot destination lately, as both American and United recently announced that they’re increasing service to Portugal.
Other previously announced & new services
I consider the above to be the most interesting, though there are some other new routes that Delta has in the press release, some of which have been previously announced:
- Delta will be adding 5x weekly year-round flights between Orlando and Amsterdam as of March 30, 2018
- Delta will be adding 5x weekly year-round flights between Indianapolis and Paris as of May 24, 2018
- Delta will be adding a third daily flight between Detroit and Paris as of May 16, 2018
This is some significant expansion on Delta’s part. As I always say, while additional frequencies are always a good thing, I get especially excited about new routes altogether. For example, I love Delta’s new route from New York to the Azores, given that the only other option for getting there is Azores Airlines, which is… not great.
The routes that have just been announced aren’t yet bookable, unfortunately, so I can’t speak to award availability on the routes. Hopefully Delta makes some saver level space available when the flights are loaded.
What do you make of Delta’s transatlantic expansion?