Delta, the new airline formed from the merger of Delta Air
Lines and Northwest Airlines, is scrapping the London Heathrow-Seattle service it
began just six month ago.
The last flight eastward will be on January 7 and the last
flight westward on January 8. The service was started by Northwest Airlines in June (see online news June 3) in the
wake of the Open Skies agreement between the US and the EU.
It aimed to challenge BA which has had a monopoly on this
transatlantic route for many years. But while BA offered a four-class service on Boeing 777s and
747s, Northwest had a two class service on A330s.
Delta did not say why the service was being stopped but
merely said the slots at Heathrow would be re-allocated, although it did not say to which
The airline added: “As with
any route, Delta is hopeful that we have the opportunity to re-evaluate the
Seattle to Heathrow route in the future should market conditions
The likely reason for the suspension of the service is the route had performed poorly. One industry
insider said that on a recent flight from Seattle only one tenth of the economy
seats were sold.
For more information visit delta.com.
Report by Alex
McWhirter and Stanley Slaughter