Delta offers free unlimited alcohol on trans-Pacific route

21 Jun 2009

Delta Air Lines will offer free unlimited alcohol on its new Los Angeles-Sydney flight to encourage passengers to choose it over route competitors Qantas and United. 

Delta will serve Amstel and Heineken beers and various wines in all seat classes during the 15-hour flight, a service that was earlier only provided by Qantas.

The flight launches in July, and Delta will be the third carrier plying the hotly contested route, on which fierce competition could pull fares down to as low as A$320 (US$258) one way, excluding tax, say reports.

Delta will operate daily from Los Angeles utilising long-range B777-200s in a two-class configuration (Business and Economy classes). The craft will be fitted with the US carrier’s latest seating, including fully flatbed seating in Business Class featuring the herringbone layout.

Flight DL17 will commence on July 1, departing from Los Angeles at 2240 to arrive in Sydney (after crossing the international date line) at 0640 two days later. Return flight DL16 will depart on July 3 at 0915 from Sydney to reach Los Angeles at 0600 the same day

With the acquisition last year of Northwest Airlines (see news, November 1, 2008), Delta became “the world’s largest airline”, serving over 170 million passengers per year. For more details about Delta, visit

Joshua Tan

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