LONDON – Last week, Delta Air Lines announced enhancements to its scheduling for European destinations in its upcoming Summer 2023 arsenal.
The airline plans to add around eight percent more available seats than the Summer 2022 period through new and resumed flights to several destinations across the continent.
This will all be taking place at Delta’s main three hubs, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles:
- New York:
- 220 weekly departures to 26 destinations.
- New services to:
- Geneva – Beginning on April 10 – Flying for the first time since 1993.
- London-Gatwick – Beginning on April 10.
- Daily services to Berlin from May 25.
- Frequency Addition:
- Delta will add a third seasonal flight to Rome beginning May 25, which will operate daily.
- 800 peak-day flights.
- 11 new weekly flights to three transatlantic destinations:
- Dusseldorf – Thrice weekly – Beginning May 9 (Route restart post-COVID).
- Edinburgh – Five weekly – Beginning May 25 – Not operated the route since 2007.
- Stuttgart – Thrice weekly – Beginning March 26 (Resumption).
- Los Angeles:
- Paris CDG – Beginning May 8 – Route restart post-COVID.
- London Heathrow – Beginning March 25 – Not operated the route since 2015.
Commenting on the route additions and restarts was Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior VP of Network Planning:
“Next summer, Delta will give customers expanded access to popular destinations across the trans-Atlantic, continuing to solidify its position as the number-one carrier in New York”.
“With nearly 620 weekly flights and connectivity to 32 destinations in Europe and beyond, customers will have a wealth of iconic destinations to explore and an unmatched journey to enjoy across the pond.”
Revamp to Long-Haul Fleet…
The airline has also revamped its premium travel cabins, being Delta One, Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin, on nearly every flight to Europe.
Such revamping has taken place on its aging fleet of Airbus A330 and Boeing 767-400 aircraft, which have been used for a long time on long-haul routes.
Delta said the following on this:
“The airline’s revamped Airbus A330 and Boeing 767-400 fleets offer a choice of four cabins: Delta One or Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin on nearly every flight to Europe.”
“Customers can look forward to several new experiential enhancements with Delta’s signature service they love.”
It remains clear that Delta is looking to ramp up operations slowly but effectively, especially as we can anticipate a very busy Summer of 2023 next year.
With a new product offering, as well as new and restarted destinations, this will no doubt provide a healthy revenue stream to Delta, and even more so this Winter as well.
Looking ahead, it is going to be interesting to see how Delta does this Winter, and whether there will be any form of momentum generated towards the Summer 2023 season.