Delta recently announced that they would be launching new non-stop service between Los Angeles to Washington-Reagan starting April 24, 2017 onboard their 757-200ER aircraft which features lie flat seats in the premium cabin.
Delta Launches New Service from Los Angeles to Washington-Reagan
Per Delta Air Lines,
Delta will begin daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on April 24, 2017. Flights will be operated using a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, making Delta the only airline to offer full flat-bed seats in First Class on this route frequented by customers in government, defense, entertainment and consulting services.
Delta operates 54 peak-day flights to 11 destinations from DCA. Because of DCA’s perimeter rule, only 20 roundtrip flights beyond 1,250 miles are made available to commercial carriers. To provide service to the West Coast, Delta will reallocate one of its two “beyond-perimeter” roundtrip flights from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. At the same time, the airline will begin service from Washington-Dulles to Salt Lake City, maintaining the number of total seats Delta offers between the D.C. area and Salt Lake City.
Service to DCA is the latest in a series of recent investments in Delta’s hub at LAX. Earlier this year, Delta announced a $1.9 billion plan to modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX over the next seven years, as well as to provide a secure connector to the north side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, enabling Delta to build a premier space for its LAX operations alongside its airline partners.
Delta is really trying to increase their Los Angeles service, and this latest announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to me. I also think its important to point out that this flight will be operated by Delta’s 757-200ER with lie flat seats in business class, however it will only be standard domestic service.
I think down the road, this could be an opportunity to offer a true business class experience like they do on their JFK-LAX/SFO flights, considering the hard product will already be there.
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on this latest service addition from Delta.