Delta Air Lines is adding or resuming a handful of new longhaul routes to its Los Angeles (LAX) hub, taking a chance on what has always been a very competitive market.
New Longhaul Delta Air Lines Routes Added At LAX
Anticipating a record season of transatlantic demand in 2023, Delta has announced the resumption of two routes, including service from Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) and Paris (CDG). Delta has attempted both routes before, but this marks the first resumption of transatlantic service from LAX since the pandemic began.
New service to London Heathrow will begin March 25, 2023, and utilize an Airbus A330-900neo. This route has not operated since 2015. Delta will operate this route in cooperation with Virgin Atlantic, which offers up to three daily flights between London and Los Angeles. American, British Airways, and United Airlines also serve this route.
New service to Paris will begin on May 8, 2023, and utilize an Airbus A330-900neo. The service last operated in 2020. Air France offers up to three flights per day, but the only other operator on this route is Air Tahiti Nui.
Earlier this year, Delta announced a new service between LAX and Tahiti (PPT), set to begin later this year. Effective December 17, 2022, Delta will operate this route three times per week utilizing a Boeing 767-300ER. Air France and Air Tahiti Nui also operate this route.
Furthermore, Delta has recently announced the resumption of its service between LAX and Tokyo Haneda (HND) starting on October 30, 2022. Service will initially resume 3x weekly and move to daily service on December 1, 2022. This service is contingent upon Japan re-opening as planned in October.
Finally, Delta has announced new service between Los Angeles and Panama City, Panama (PTY). That service will launch on December 18 and operate once weekly. A Boeing 757 will be utilized. Delta will compete with Copa on the route.
Delta has invested billions of dollars in terminal construction at LAX and will shortly unveil the final touches on its new Terminal 3 facility. Already, the new SkyClub in Terminal 3 is open and one of the finest airport lounges in the airport.
Other New Delta 2023 Transatantlic Routes
Other new routes that Delta will debut in 2023 include:
- New York (JFK) ⇄ Berlin (BER)
- New York (JKK) ⇄ Geneva (GVA)
- New York (JFK) ⇄ London Gatwick (LGW)
- New York (JFK) ⇄ Stockholm (ARN)
- Atlanta (ATL) ⇄ Dusseldorf (DUS)
- Atlanta (ATL) ⇄ Edinburgh (EDI)
- Atlanta (ATL) ⇄ Stuttgart (STR)
The two new routes to German secondary cities are also exciting, particularly as most of my German side of the family lives in the Stuttgart area and no U.S. carrier currently serves either Dusseldorf or Stuttgart. It is not clear to me why Delta is operating a London Gatwick flight, other than to compete with JetBlue or due to its own slot limitations at London Heathrow.
Delta calls itself “LAX’s largest global airline” and boasts that it “prides itself on providing Angelenos with unparalleled global access.” Pursuant to that claim, later this year Delta is resuming service to Tokyo Haneda and launching service to Tahiti. Next year, Delta will add service to London and Paris. While LAX is a cutthroat market, Delta hopes that it can pull ahead of American and United through route additions, not cuts…a strategy that makes a lot of sense to me…
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