Delta announced this morning that they would be adding more seats between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Starting in November, they will add their 10th daily flight between JFK and LAX. When it comes to SFO, they will operate 8 daily flights, and 3 of those will be upgraded to Boeing 767 service with 26 seats in Delta One.
Per Delta, “New York-JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco are essential domestic markets from New York City, and Delta is committed to offering our customers a superior schedule and product on these routes,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta senior vice president-New York. “We’re excited to expand operations at our New York-JFK hub, where our nearly $2 billion investment in New York City airports has significantly benefited customers and employees over the past six years.”
As of November 2015, Delta will increase service between New York-JFK and Los Angeles International Airport from nine to 10 daily peak-day flights. Four flights will be operated with Boeing 767 widebody aircraft, which provide direct aisle access for all Delta One customers, and six flights will use Boeing 757 aircraft featuring new interior modifications that have been completely refurbished from nose to tail.
Delta will also be upgrading three of its eight daily flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco to Boeing 767 widebody aircraft, making the airline the only carrier to operate widebody service on both routes.
This network expansion, which will allow Delta to offer the most seats of any airline between New York-JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco, accompanies the airline’s other noteworthy investments both on the ground and in the air.
Delta’s new Los Angeles service complements its recent $229 million facilities investment at LAX, including a newly remodeled Delta Sky Club, a renovated Sky Priority lobby, and a brand new premium check-in experience, Delta ONE at LAX. Customers flying in Delta One enter the terminal through a dedicated curbside entrance, leading to a private check-in lounge with personalized luggage check and access to a dedicated security checkpoint.
Meanwhile, Delta customers at JFK continue to enjoy the benefits of its $1.4 billion, state-of-the-art international gateway at Terminal 4, which opened in May 2013. That expansion featured nine new and seven renovated international gates; improved and renovated check-in areas, including a dedicated Sky Priority check-in area; a centralized security checkpoint; new dining and retail offerings; a new 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club with the first-ever Sky Deck outdoor terrace; dual taxiways for less congestion and shorter taxi times; and improved Customs and Border Protection and baggage claim facilities. In January 2015, the second phase of Terminal 4’s expansion debuted an additional 11 gates, streamlining travel for those with connecting flights at JFK and enhancing access to amenities at both terminals.
A new Delta Sky Club in San Francisco will open in August.
This is great news for NY Delta flyers as you’ll now have more options when you need transcontinental flights on Delta. Delta once considered Seattle a premium trascon route, but has since downgraded it to a regular domestic route operated by 737-900’s.