25 SEPTEMBER 2017
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First shots in what is shaping up to be an intensely-competitive 2018 for transatlantic business have been fired, with Delta Air Lines claiming pole position with more total departures, destinations and seats than any other airline.
It is promising more non-stop options between Europe and its Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Atlanta and Detroit hubs next summer, including non-stop Boeing B777-200LR service between Los Angeles and Paris and Amsterdam from 16 June.
The schedule also opens up connections to more than 100 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India via joint-venture partners Air France and KLM.
Delta’s New York-JFK gateway is also expanding next year with year-round service to Lagos from 24 March, new seasonal service to the Azores from 24 May and upgraded Airbus A330 flights on JFK – Heathrow.
At Delta’s Atlanta hub, new daily seasonal service to Lisbon by Boeing B767 will begin on 24 May and continue to 4 September, with one-stop connections to and from more than 150 US destinations.
The airline is also adding a third daily round-trip between Detroit and Paris beginning 16 May while previously-announced year-round service will begin on 30 March between Orlando and Amsterdam and on 24 May between Indianapolis and Paris.
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