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  • Joe Breitfeller

Delta Announces Major Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Network Expansion for Winter through Summer 2021

Delta Air Lines announced on Friday a substantial expansion of their international trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific route network for winter 2020/21 through summer 2021. The carrier will add over 50 transoceanic flights next summer compared to this year.

Delta Airbus A330-900neo - Courtesy Delta Air Lines

On Friday (August 21, 2020), Delta Air Lines announced that they will bring back more flights across the Atlantic and Pacific this winter and for summer 2021. By next summer, the carrier will offer 50 more transoceanic flights compared to summer 2020. The routes will be operated with Delta’s optimized fleet of efficient and upgraded Airbus A350-900s, A330-900neos and refurbished 767s, as the carrier will retire their fleet of Boeing 777s by the end of October 2020. In Friday’s announcement, Delta’s S.V.P. – Network Planning, Joe Esposito said,

“While significant hurdles remain in the global fight against the pandemic, we are ready to connect customers to the people, places, opportunities and experiences they are longing for. Customers flying internationally can look forward to a modernized fleet featuring our latest cabin products and a travel experience that prioritizes their health and the health of our employees from check-in to baggage claim.”

Delta Air Lines has taken a multi-layered approach to their health and safety measures to ensure peace of mind throughout the journey. Some of these measures include electrostatic spraying before departure, extensive pre-flight disinfection of high-touch points in the aircraft cabin and the use of State-of-the art HEPA filters which capture over 99.9% of airborne particulates, including viruses. Naturally, face masks are required throughout the airport, at Delta Sky Clubs and while onboard. Additionally, Delta has blocked all middle seats through January 6, 2020, providing additional distancing by limiting the number of guests per flight.

In terms of the airline's trans-Pacific schedule, Delta will maintain their Seattle (SEA) presence as a gateway to Asia next year with daily service from Sea-Tac to Tokyo-Haneda (HND), Seoul-Incheon (ICN), Beijing (BJS) and Shanghai (PVG). Customers will enjoy seamless onward regional connections via Delta’s partners Korean Air and China Eastern. Through Korean Air’s Seoul-Incheon hub, customers currently traveling from Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW) and Seattle (SEA) can connect to over 70 Asian destinations. Delta also plans to resume service between Minneapolis (MSP) and Seoul-Incheon in April 2021.

Delta Expands Winter and Summer 2021 Trans-Pacific Schedule - Courtesy Delta Air Lines

For summer 2021, the carrier will also offer service from seven U.S. gateways to Tokyo-Haneda. Currently, Delta operates up to 14 weekly flights to Haneda via Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and Seattle. From December 2020, the carrier also plans to offer up to four-times weekly service between Honolulu (HNL) and Tokyo-Haneda. Additionally, Delta plans to maintain a minimum of three weekly flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD), before expanding to daily service in 2021. From November 2020, the LAX-SYD route will be operated with an Airbus A350-900, featuring the Delta One Suite and Delta Premium Select cabins as well as large IFE screens and more personal storage space.

Delta also plans on expanding their trans-Atlantic offer from winter 2020/21 through summer 2021, as travel restrictions are lifted. In September, the carrier will resume service between Atlanta and Lagos, Boston and London-Heathrow and New York-JFK and Accra, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome. In October, the carrier will add service between Seattle and Paris-Charles de Gaulle as well as flights between New York-JFK and Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt and Zurich. Additionally, Delta will resume service between Boston and Paris in November.

For summer 2021, the airline will offer daily non-stop flights to Amsterdam, Paris and London from Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and Minneapolis, while customers traveling from Seattle and Salt Lake City will enjoy daily non-stop service to Amsterdam and Paris. Delta will also offer daily service between Los Angeles and Paris and plans on resuming service from Cincinnati (CVG) and Raleigh-Durham to Paris as well as flights between Portland (PDX) and Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, Paris and London, customers will have access to over 160 onward connections through Delta’s partners Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM.

Delta Expands Winter and Summer 2021 Trans-Atlantic Schedule - Courtesy Delta Air Lines

Source: Delta Air Lines