Delta Launches L.A. to Auckland Services

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LONDON – On January 20, Delta Air Lines announced that they will be for the first time ever, launching scheduled services between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand.

Delta Heading from L.A. to New Zealand…

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Delta is well and truly on a roll with their latest route announcements, adding yet another to their ever-growing list of Los Angeles announcements, with their first ever scheduled services non-stop to Auckland in New Zealand.

Inaugurating on October 28, 2023, Delta will begin flying to Auckland directly using their Airbus A350-900 fleet, operating the new service on a daily basis. This will also mark the first U.S. carrier to offer a direct service between L.A. and Auckland.

Auckland now joins Delta’s list of newly restored services, alongside a new service to Nice in France and increased frequencies to both Paris and Tel Aviv.

Not only this, but recently, Delta already commenced new services from L.A. to Tahiti, Paris, and London Heathrow, making Auckland their fourth new L.A. destination, offering yet more choices for international travel for its customers.

Executive Comments…

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Adding his thoughts to Delta’s latest announcement out of L.A., their Senior Vice President for Network Planning, Joe Esposito, says, “With more than 1,750 weekly flights to 85 destinations around the globe this summer, Delta is well positioned to deliver on its plans to fully restore its network in 2023.”

“With brand-new flights this year to cities like Auckland, Geneva, and London Gatwick, we’re giving customers more options to enjoy the premium experience and elevated hospitality they have come to know and expect from us.”

On top of Esposito’s comments, Los Angeles Airports’ Chief Executive Officer, Justin Erbacci, adds his comments on Delta’s continued growth out of the hub, “LAX continues to grow its global network of destinations that are connecting Angelenos to every corner of the globe.”

“Delta’s addition of nonstop service from Los Angeles to New Zealand is in lockstep with the airline’s commitment to expand and improve service to our region.”

“Coupled with Delta’s international additions to Sydney and Tahiti, this is another exciting result of the ongoing and strong collaboration between LAX and Delta Air Lines as we connect more people across the Pacific and beyond.”

Adding comments about their Atlanta growth, Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Deputy Commissioner for Tourism, Mark Jaronski, says, “Having grown Georgia’s competitive position as a tourist destination under Gov. Brian Kemp’s leadership, Georgia is grateful for Delta’s longstanding partnership and expanded international service that will make Atlanta a new gateway to the South for Israel and facilitate growing global demand from France, the U.K., and Germany – three of Georgia’s top source markets for overseas travelers.”

“The world-class connectivity and premium experience that Delta provides its customers enable Georgia to compete among the top travel destinations and be the top state for business.”


Delta is well underway with their plans of fully restoring their route network during the course of this year. With the tail end of the Covid-related restrictions being relaxed for the vast majority of countries worldwide.

This now opens a gateway for international travel to really boom back into life and resume pre-Covid levels of both passenger and cargo traffic, as well as continued growth.

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