Delta looks certain to start flying from London to New York on November 15. Approval for the US carrier’s Gatwick – JFK route looks to be in the bag, now that the airline has received permission to start selling tickets.
Delta bought the route from United Airlines, and will fly a daily service from November, with plans to increase this to twice daily from May 1, 2007.
Subject to final government approval, the flight will depart JFK at 1905, arriving at Gatwick at 0725, with the return leg leaving London at 1100 and arriving in New York at 1410. The flights will be operated using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring the airline’s recently upgraded business class cabins and service.
The Gatwick-JFK routes means Delta will be flying two flights daily to New York from the UK (the other leaving from Manchester) from this winter, alongside a twice daily service from Gatwick to Atlanta, daily services to Atlanta from both Edinburgh and Manchester, and a daily flight London – Cincinnati.
Initial lead-in return fares for the London – New York route will start from £159 in economy and £604 in business class.
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Report by Mark Caswell