Delta Announces Expanded Transatlantic Service

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Following American Airlines Launches Several New Routes to Europe, Delta has announced their expanded Transatlantic service with new routes and frequencies. Highlights include adding non-stop Tampa Bay to Amsterdam service; a second daily nonstop flight between New York-JFK and Paris as well as New York-JFK and Tel Aviv.

Per Delta,

Delta is expanding its trans-Atlantic network for summer 2019 with new routes plus additional frequencies. The airline will launch its first nonstop flight from Tampa Bay, Fla., to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The year-round service, which launches on May 23, will be Delta’s 11th Amsterdam route from the U.S. and second from Florida, following the launch of its Orlando service earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Delta is also expanding its hub-to-hub flying between the United States and Europe with services from Los Angeles International Airport to both Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle increasing to daily operations beginning June 16, 2019.

Capacity from New York-JFK will also grow next summer with the launch of a second daily nonstop flight to both Paris and Tel Aviv, Israel. For Paris, the additional flight brings the total number in conjunction with Air France, KLM and Alitalia to seven a day. The Tel Aviv service, meanwhile, has been timed as a daytime departure from Tel Aviv, completing the existing night-time departure to offer customers more choice. Both flights will be operated using A330-300 aircraft on the route, with flat-bed seats in the Delta One business class cabin. Delta has also recently upgraded its Main Cabin meal service to provide a restaurant-style dining experience in the sky complete with menu card and full drinks selection.

Delta balks at American Airlines in their announcement by adding “Delta’s 2018 summer seasonal trans-Atlantic flying from its New York-JFK hub is planned to return, including the only U.S. carrier nonstop service from JFK to the Azores, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Berlin” in which American has either cut from JFK, or service altogether.

It will be interesting to see how their expanded service from New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv performs, as there is much competition on this route from the NYC area.

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