Delta is is adding more trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights to “business and leisure destinations” to its winter 2020-2021 and summer 2021 schedules.
The US carrier says it plans to add over 50 transoceanic flights next summer, compared to the summer 2020 schedule.
The airline will operate the adjusted schedule with a 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.
“Delta’s schedule remains subject to change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, customer demand, government travel regulations and federal health guidelines. Specific restart dates may vary for previously suspended routes due to travel restrictions and other operational requirements. Delta will make decisions about resuming additional service on other routes at a later date,” reads a statement from the airline.
In April 2021, Delta plans to return to service between Minneapolis (MSP) and Seoul-Incheon.
Delta says it also “remains committed” to the Japan market and by summer 2021, will offer service from seven US cities to Tokyo-Haneda. Currently, the airline offers up to 14 weekly flights across its Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle gateways. Beginning in December 2020, Delta plans to add up to four-times weekly services between Haneda and Honolulu (HNL).
Between the US and China, the airline says it is “working closely with governments in both countries” to increase services. Currently, Delta operates four weekly flights to Shanghai (PVG) from Detroit and Seattle. Subject to approval, the airline plans to increase service between these destinations. In summer 2021, Delta says it hopes to operate daily service between Shanghai and Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, plus daily service connecting Sea-Tac with Beijing’s new Daxing Airport, subject to government approval.
To Australia, Delta says it plans to maintain a minimum of thrice-weekly service between Los Angeles and Sydney (SYD) before resuming daily service in 2021. The flight will be operated on Airbus 350-900 aircraft beginning in November.
In September, Delta will resume the following routes:
- Atlanta – Lagos* (LOS)
- Boston – London-Heathrow (LHR)
- New York-JFK – Accra* (ACC)
- New York-JFK – Barcelona (BCN)
- New York-JFK – Madrid (MAD)
- New York-JFK – Rome (FCO)
* Subject to government approval
In October, Delta will add:
- New York-JFK – Brussels (BRU)
- New York-JFK – Dublin (DUB
- New York-JFK – Frankfurt (FRA)
- New York-JFK – Zurich (ZRH)
- Seattle – Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Service between Boston and Paris will return in November.
Following this resumption of service in the fall, Delta says it expects to maintain a similar schedule across the Atlantic through winter 2021.
Moving into next summer, Delta says it will offer nonstop daily service to Amsterdam (AMS), Paris and London-Heathrow from Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, New York-JFK and Minneapolis. From Seattle and Salt Lake City, passengers will have nonstop daily access to Amsterdam and Paris. Delta’s LAX hub will offer nonstop service to Paris. This expansion also marks a restart of trans-Atlantic service for L.A., Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.
Additionally, Delta will add back service to Paris from Cincinnati (CVG) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU), as well as service to Amsterdam from Portland (PDX).
“From AMS, CDG or LHR, customers will then have access to over 160 destinations throughout the region via partners Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM,” reads a statement from the carrier.
By next summer, Delta says customers traveling through JFK will have direct access to six more seasonal destinations. Delta will also resume vacation spots from Atlanta, such as Barcelona, Dublin, Rome and Madrid. Service from Boston to Paris, London-Heathrow and Dublin will increase to daily.