Delta Air Lines is preparing to go south – with the airline planning a route between Los Angeles and Auckland, as well as additional capacity and routes to Europe.
Delta Airbus A350 – Image, Delta Air Lines
The Big Launch
Los Angeles to Auckland will be a completely new route to the airline.
The new route between Los Angeles to Auckland will commence on the 28th of October, utilising an Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the route.
This new destination joins other new Los Angeles services to Tahiti, Paris and London Heathrow, whilst complementing the airline’s current service from LA to Sydney and Tokyo-Haneda.
Atlanta or bust!
Meanwhile, in its hometown, the airline will operate a new daily service from Atlanta to Nice starting on the 21st of May. This new route, which will operate on a Boeing 767 aircraft, marks the first time that Delta will connect customers between Atlanta and Nice in over a decade.
Delta Boeing 767-300ER – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
In addition, on the 16th of April, Delta will increase its Atlanta to Tel Aviv service to a daily service.
New York, New York
Capacity and routes continue to be the focus out of JFK, with Delta adding a third daily route from New York-JFK to Paris, which will begin 25th of May and operate using a Boeing 767 aircraft.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-400ER at New York-JFK – Image, Economy Class and Beyond.
The third flight to Paris is in addition to Delta’s new service to Geneva and London-Gatwick, the return of Berlin and a third flight to Rome.
Joe Esposito, Delta’s S.V.P. – Network Planning said:
“With more than 1,750 weekly flights to 85 destinations around the globe this summer, Delta is well positioned to deliver on its plans to fully restore its network in 2023,”
“With brand-new flights this year to cities like Auckland, Geneva and London-Gatwick, we’re giving customers more options to enjoy the premium experience and elevated hospitality they have come to know and expect from us.”
Adding what was once lost
It seems Delta is adding new routes and adding routes that were lost to time or the pandemic, with the airline building out more options for the Summer 2023 as it rebuilts its network.
Earlier it announed its first selection of summer 2023 trans-Atlantic routesl to cities like Edinburgh, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Geneva and Stuttgart, many routes that have not been flown since pre-pandemic.
It’ll be interesting to see if Delta chooses to stick with tired and trusted routes, or consider more new destinations as the year progresses.
Editors note: Yes, this came out Friday. Translating the Delta PR into something I understood is a challenge when you’ve had a heavy week.
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