Delta Air Lines is ramping up transpacific service from its Los Angeles (LAX) hub with more service to the South Pacific and a return to Mainland China.
Delta Adding More LAX Transpacific Flights
The fight for supremacy in Los Angeles is a difficult battle: American, Delta, and United all call LAX a hub and there is no overwhelming dominant carrier. Many routes have been tried and failed, with American Airlines scaling back tremendously its long-haul operations from LAX during the pandemic and never restoring many routes.
Delta, however, has moved in the other direction and has added or restarted a number of longhaul routes from Los Angeles including London, Paris, and Tahiti.
Delta Adds Year-Round Los Angeles – Auckland Service
That route map will grow this autumn when Delta begins nonstop service to Auckland (AKL) on October 28, 2023. Today, Delta announced that its seasonal service to AKL would become year-round service. From November to March, the flight will operated daily, then be reduced to three times weekly from April to October.
This news comes as United Airlines will also launch Los Angeles – Auckland in late October and American Airlines will resume its Los Angeles – Auckland route that has been dormant since the pandemic. United also serves Auckland from San Francisco (SFO) and American from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).
Delta Doubles Sydney, Australia Service From LAX
Furthermore, ahead of the Southern Hemisphere summer, Delta will increase its Sydney (SYD) service from daily to double daily starting in December. That flight is operated by an Airbus A350-900.
Delta Resumes Los Angeles – Shanghai Sevice
Delta will also resume a four-times-weekly, year-round service to Shanghai-Pudong International Airport from its Los Angeles hub starting March 31, 2024. This route last operated pre-pandemic.
Delta is growing its international presence at LAX by 1.) making Auckland service year-round, 2.) doubling Sydney service during the peak travel period, and 3.) resuming Shanghai service next spring.
We’ll discuss Delta’s Atlantic add-ons tomorrow. For now, it is exciting to see Delta growing at my home airport of LAX. On a broader note, we are seeing a huge capacity increase to the South Pacific this winter. Will there be sufficient demand to fill airplanes at profitable yields? We shall see.