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Delta enhances its European summer schedule (in a good way!)


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Delta has announced that next year’s summer season will see it relaunching a number of routes that were suspended while we dealt with the pandemic, relaunching a number of routes that the airline hasn’t operated for years, and launching at least one completely new route (albeit not a very interesting one!). Most importantly from my point of view, Los Angeles will finally be getting a little love.

Delta adds two LAX – Europe routes

Delta may well pride itself on being “LAX’s largest global airline” but when it comes to flying to Europe non-stop, Delta doesn’t really have anything to offer. Starting next summer season, however, that will change.

London

On 25 March 2023, Delta will launch a daily service between Los Angeles and London Heathrow as it resurrects a route that it hasn’t operated since 2015. For the past seven years, Delta has been happy to let Virgin Atlantic (its sister airline) run flights in and out of Los Angeles, but as of next year, the big brother will be back.

As things stand, this is the schedule that has been published:

DL186 LAX 20:40 – 15:05+1 day LHR (Daily)
DL187 LHR 15:45 – 19:10 LAX (Daily)

The booking platforms currently show this route operating through 22 August 2023 (the end of the currently published schedules) and I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see this route operating until at least the end of October (when the summer schedule ends).

Paris

From 8 May 2022, Delta will be bringing back its service between Los Angeles and Paris CDG which it hasn’t operated since the Covid pandemic started.

As things stand, this is the published schedule for the route which (I’m my memory serves me correctly) Delta hasn’t operated since summer 2019.

DL290 LAX 17:00 – 13:05+1 day CDG (Daily)
DL291 CDG 15:20 – 18:20 LAX (Daily)

Both of these routes will be operated by Delta’s A330-900neo aircraft which feature 29 Delta One Suites, 28 Premium Select seats (Premium Economy), 56 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 168 standard Economy seats.

Note: Delta expects its new LAX T3 facility to be fully open by 5 October 2022 but the terminal’s new Sky Club won’t be completed until next year.

New York gets two new routes and a route resumption

Geneva

Delta has confirmed that Summer 2023 will see it operating a service between New York and Geneva for the first time since 1993 and as that’s a gap of 30 years, I’m calling this a new route 🙂

The new JFK – Geneva service will launch on 10 April 2023 and is set to operate daily on the following schedule:

DL100 JFK 20:25 – 10:15+1 day GVA (Daily)
DL99 GVA 12:15 – 15:05 JFK (Daily)

This route will be operated by a Delta 767-400 aircraft which, according to ExpertFlyer, will offer 34 Business Class seats, 20 Premium Economy seats, 28 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 156 standard Economy Class seats.

London Gatwick

Also on 10 April 2022, Delta will launch a new non-stop daily service between New York JFK and London Gatwick meaning that for the period this route is operating, Delta will offer 21 weekly flights between New York and England’s capital city.

Assuming nothing changes between now and the launch date, this is what the London Gatwick schedule will look like:

DL198 JFK 23:30 – 12:00+1 day LGW (Daily)
DL199 LGW 14:00 – 16:55 JFK (Daily)

This route will be operated by a Delta 767-300 aircraft which will offer 26 Business Class seats, 29 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 171 standard Economy Class seats (Premium Economy will not be an option on this route).

While is probably safe to assume that this route will operate through most (if not all) of the summer season, it’s unlikely to be a route that operates year-round so expect it to disappear from the schedules towards the end of October 2023 (at the latest).

Berlin

Delta will be bringing back its seasonal New York JFK – Berlin service from 25 May 2023 with the airline operating a daily service between the two cities on the following schedule:

DL92 JFK 17:30 – 07:40+1 day BER (Daily)
DL93 BER 09:40 – 12:30 JFK (Daily)

This route will be operated by a Delta 767-300 aircraft which, just like the Gatwick route, will offer 26 Business Class seats, 29 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 171 standard Economy Class seats (Premium Economy will not be an option).

Berlin is a seasonal destination for Delta so while this route may operate for the whole of the summer season, don’t expect it to be in the schedules past the end of October 2023.

Atlanta sees Delta resurrecting three routes

Stuttgart

From 26 March 2023, Delta will restart its service between Atlanta and Stuttgart for the first time since the pandemic. Delta’s press release states that this route will be operated 3x/week but at the time of writing, a 4x/week service appears to be scheduled:

DL116 ATL 17:35 – 08:40+1 day STR (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
DL117 STR 10:40 – 14:55 ATL (Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat)

This route will be operated by a Delta 767-300 aircraft which, according to Delta’s website, will offer 26 Business Class seats, 18 Premium Economy seats, 21 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 151 standard Economy Class seats.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear if Delta plans to operate this as a seasonal or year-round service.

Dusseldorf

From 9 May 2023, Delta will restart another service to Germany when it begins to operate the Atlanta and Dusseldorf route for the first time since the pandemic caused it to be suspended. Assuming nothing changes, this is the schedule that flyers can expect:

DL90 ATL 17:50 – 08:35+1 day DUS (Tue, Thu & Sat)
DL91 DUS 10:35 – 14:25 ATL (Wed, Fri & Sun)

This route will be operated by a Delta 767-300 aircraft which, according to Delta’s website, will offer 26 Business Class seats, 18 Premium Economy seats, 21 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 151 standard Economy Class seats.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear if Delta plans to operate this as a seasonal or year-round service.

Edinburgh

On 25 May 2023, Delta will bring back a seasonal service between Atlanta and Edinburgh. This is a route that the airline has not operated since 2007 but in 2023, it will be offered 5x/week during the summer season.

Here’s the currently published schedule:

DL34 ATL 21:05 – 10:05+1 day EDI (Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun)
DL35 EDI 12:05 – 16:00 ATL (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun)

Just as with the Stuttgart and Dusseldorf routes, the seasonal Edinburgh route will be operated by a Delta 767-300 aircraft which will offer 26 Business Class seats, 18 Premium Economy seats, 21 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 151 standard Economy Class seats.

This is a confirmed seasonal route and so will not be operating past the end of October 2023 (it may even end earlier).

Bottom line

Delta has announced some significant (and positive) changes to its summer 2023 schedule. More flights will be offered to Europe out of Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta with pre-pandemic flights being brought back on line, and a few new routes being added too.

All the flights discussed above are now bookable on Delta’s website.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is positive news and seemingly a sign of recovery. As a Londoner, I also appreciate that Delta is the only airline to fly directly from LHR to places such as SLC, DTW & MSP. It’s not all about JFK/LAX/MIA etc!

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