It seems that there’s going to be some competition on London and Philadelphia as a new competitor moves in the route – currently dominated by US Airways/American Airlines and British Airways.
And that new carrier… is Delta.
A Delta 767-300ER landing at Dublin Airport – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
Delta will operate the route daily from 7th April 2015, based on the following timetable:
DL194 DEPART PHL 19:04 ARRIVE LHR 07:30+1 DL195 DEPART LHR 12:30 ARRIVE PHL 16:01 Commences: 7th April 2015 Operates: Daily Booked Equipment: Boeing 757-200WL Data: Airlineroute
Ticketing is open for those who think they want seats on this Delta operated service.
It’s an interesting move by Delta moving into a US Airways stronghold, with limited services in and out of the city compared to other carriers. This is reflected in the use of a Boeing 757-200. The only other long haul service that Delta operates out of Philadelphia is a seasonal service to Paris Charles De Gaulle.
Connecting Delta services are pretty slim too, with services to Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Salt Lake City.
It’s adventurous for Delta, but I’m not convinced with this route if I’m honest…
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It would seem like Salt Lake City-London would offer more potential for Delta.
Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, especially with Finnair on the route already driving fares down. If DL is looking for a use for a LHR slot and 757s and isn’t worried about connecting traffic, there are other opportunities – for example, there’s no non-stop service between any London airport and Pittsburgh, which although a smaller market is a much more economically dynamic city than Philly.
I can understand not going with Salt Lake City , especially with their Northwest US emphasis on Seattle right now, and SLC-LHR might be a stretch for the 757.