July 13, 2024

Delta to increase transatlantic flights

By Bev Fearis, published 26/08/20

Delta will begin flying five times a week between Heathrow and Boston in September and has outlined plans to resume more transatlantic routes next summer.

Boston flights will operate alongside Delta’s existing service from Heathrow to Atlanta and New York-JFK.

But the airline warned its schedule remains subject to change due to the evolving nature of Covid-19, customer demand, government travel regulations and federal health guidelines.

Joe Esposito, Senior Vice President Network Planning, said: “While significant hurdles remain in the global fight against the pandemic, we are ready to connect customers to the people, places, opportunities and experiences they’re longing for.

“Customers flying internationally can look forward to a modernised fleet featuring our latest cabin products and a travel experience that prioritises their health and the health of our employees from check-in to baggage claim.”

New measures include sanitisng all aircraft with electrostatic spraying before departure and extensive pre-flight disinfection of high-touch points throughout the aircraft interior, blocking all middle seats and limiting passenger numbers for flights until January 6 2021.

It has also mandated the wearing of facemasks throughout the airport, in Delta Sky Clubs and on board aircraft.

Delta will operate the Boston route with a more efficient, upgraded fleet of Airbus A350-900s, A330-900neos and refurbished Boeing 767s following the retirement of its Boeing 777 aircraft by the end of October 2020.

For next summer, Delta has announced plans to resume more transatlantic flights including non-stop daily services to Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow from Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, New York-JFK and Minneapolis.

From Seattle and Salt Lake City, customers will have non-stop daily access to Amsterdam and Paris. Delta’s Los Angeles hub will offer non-stop services to Paris.

Additionally, Delta will reinstate services to Paris from its focus cities Cincinnati and Raleigh-Durham, as well as service to Amsterdam from Portland.

From Amsterdam, Paris and London, customers will then have access to more than 160 destinations throughout the region via Delta’s partners, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM.