9 MARCH 2015


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Article from BTNews 9 MARCH 2015

Heathrow and Delta

Delta Air Lines (DL) has confirmed the introduction of a daily Heathrow two-class Boeing 757 to Philadelphia from 27 April.  It competes both with British Airways and US Air and uses T4.  Besides the home of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is free from local purchase tax.  

Also in T4 this summer are Delta services to Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis/St Paul.

European Delta boss Perry Cantarutti says that ideally Delta would like to operate all flights out of T3 but that is just not possible in terms of aircraft stands at present.  The airline is still negotiating for the winter schedule and whilst T3 passengers use partner airline Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse (VS) outbound, with the congestion of early morning flights Delta has opened its own arrivals lounge.

From T3 it operates to Boston, Los Angeles, New York JFK (eight services a day including Virgin Atlantic), Seattle and from 29 March New York Newark. 

A route swap with VS leaves Manchester with a daily VS Atlanta from 29 March, and from 22 May both DL (new) and VS serving JFK.

Mr Cantarutti said that the Virgin tie-up is working "exceptionally well" (Delta now owns 49% of the British Airline).  Once the full summer schedule is under way the partnership will offer 39 daily flights to 15 destinations across North America from the UK.    www.delta.com

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