Delta, Air France KLM add third daily flight between London Heathrow and New York-JFK

11 May 2010 | Delta Air Lines and Air France KLM today announced they will add an additional daily flight between London-Heathrow and New York-JFK.

The new flight will be operated by Delta using dedicated Boeing 767-400ER aircraft.

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Delta Air Lines and Air France KLM today announced they will add an additional daily flight between London-Heathrow and New York-JFK, effective 20 September 2010, expanding their service to the world’s leading business market to three times daily on a year-round basis.

The new flight will be operated by Delta using dedicated Boeing 767-400ER aircraft featuring Delta’s new full-flat beds in BusinessElite.

The service is strategically scheduled to complement existing flight times between Heathrow and New York-JFK. Delta’s new flight will depart Heathrow at 12:30 pm, between existing departures at 10:05 am and 5:05 pm. The added departure from JFK will operate at 11:05 pm, complementing existing departures at 6:45 and 9 pm.

“With the economy rebounding we continue to see corporate travel demand imgve across our network, particularly to New York,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president – Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Thanks to the strength of our joint venture with Air France KLM, our customers flying from London can look forward to three daily flights to New York City, as well as more connections via JFK to both domestic U.S. and international destinations.”

Delta is adding flights between New York City and key global business markets this year, with nearly 30 cities set for new or expanded service by autumn. Domestically, Delta will expand service to 12 cities from New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, further increasing connecting opportunities for international passengers. In addition to London-Heathrow, expanded routes include:

    • International – Brussels; Shannon; Manchester; Amsterdam; Cairo; Istanbul; Milan; Moscow; Nice; and Athens to New York-JFK, in addition to previously announced new service to Copenhagen and Stockholm and expanded capacity to Tel Aviv and Tokyo-Narita.
    • Domestic U.S. – New York-LaGuardia to Nashville, St. Louis, Norfolk, Richmond and Kansas City; JFK to San Antonio, Cleveland, Montreal, Charlotte, Toronto, Baltimore and Richmond, in addition to the previously announced introduction of Delta Shuttle service between LaGuardia and Chicago-O’Hare.

The expanded service is part of Delta’s ongoing efforts to become the preferred airline in New York City. During the past four years, Delta has added 40 new destinations from LaGuardia and JFK combined, expanded BusinessElite service to transcontinental flights from JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco and reintroduced “Red Coats” as customer service ambassadors at JFK and LaGuardia.

Delta’s Boeing 767-400ER aircraft operating from London-Heathrow feature 77-82 inch, 180-degree full-flat beds in a one-two-one configuration, giving every BusinessElite customer direct aisle access as well as a choice of single seats for added privacy. Economy class passengers enjoy Delta on Demand digital entertainment, as well as printed menus, and complimentary beer and wine.

Earlier this year, Delta announced that it will invest $1 billion through 2013 to improve aircraft and airport facilities throughout its system, with a particular focus in New York and other large business markets. Internationally, Delta’s upgrades are focused on installing full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite on 90 international widebody aircraft and adding in-seat audio and video on demand throughout Economy class on 68 international aircraft.

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, Freedom Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America and SkyWest.

All expanded trans-Atlantic service from New York will be operated in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France and KLM. With more than 230 daily trans-Atlantic flights and a fleet of 135 aircraft, the joint venture between Air France-KLM and Delta offer customers access to nearly 300 destinations in North America and 200 destinations throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. As part of the joint venture, Delta has reinstated a third daily flight between JFK and the airlines’ Amsterdam hub to expand connecting opportunities between New York and destinations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 358 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Delta employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of nearly 800 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France KLM. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 16,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier programme, the world’s largest airline loyalty programme; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 45 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide.