It seems that Delta Air Lines are to re-introduce some passengers services back to the Frankfurt and London Heathrow.
It seems the frequency of freight flight is allowing Delta to open up the flights to passengers too, with air cargo being the primary driver. From the 21st May 2020, Delta will operate three flights a week that are open to passengers between the USA and Europe.
Planned operation is as follows
DL14 DEPART ATL 17:55 ARRIVE FRA 08:55 Operates Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday DL15 DEPART FRA 11:40 ARRIVE ATL 15:40 Operates Wednesday, Friday, Sunday Commences 21st May Booked Equipment: Airbus A330-300 DL16 DEPART DTW 18:00 ARRIVE LHR 08:55 Operates Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday DL17 DEPART LHR 12:55 ARRIVE DTW 16:30 Operates Wednesday, Friday, Sunday Commences 21st May Booked Equipment: Boeing 767-300ER
Frankfurt flights depart from Frankfurt Terminal 1. London-Heathrow flights depart from Terminal 2. Note, that most outlets are closed and no lounges are available in London or Frankfurt.
Cargo will be transported between Los Angeles and Frankfurt, via Atlanta, and between Chicago and London, via Detroit, increasing the shipping opportunities for cargo customers. The Frankfurt service will be operated using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 31 tons of cargo capacity, while a Boeing 767-300 will fly to Heathrow with 26 tons of cargo capacity. An additional flight between New York-JFK and Mumbai will also operate subject to foreign government approval.
Planes will be sanitised between flights. Meanwhile, passenger capacity will cut on the aircraft to allow physical distancing. For those travelling, take a mask. Also note, that boarding will be from back to front.
Shawn Cole, Vice President – Delta Cargo said:
“Keeping global supply chains open is more important now than ever and these new services will enable suppliers to meet the needs of their customers,”
“We’re receiving daily requests for shipments of medical supplies as well as goods that keep businesses in operation. By also opening these services to passengers, we can facilitate essential travel between the U.K., Europe and United States.”
For passengers, Roberto Loriatti, Vice President – Transatlantic said:
“The advent of COVID-19 is changing the way we fly and that’s why our focus on cleanliness will remain in place always. We hope that these efforts will give our customers greater peace of mind when they step on board.”
Allowing those to get home
Whilst passenger space will be offered, this not aimed at tourists and business people (mainly as travel bans remain in force still). Rather – this is for essential travel and for those who need to return to their home territories without resorting to rescue flights.
Or – to get home.
Whilst the aviation networks have been in a state of paralysis since mid-March, it’s good to see Delta offering the passenger cabin for those who need to travel.
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