Delta Air Lines will fly Airbus A330s down to Cancun, Mexico, this winter. The airline will be using these planes to fly more passengers to the leisure destination, one of the few that will accept American tourists. Without other traditional northern winter vacation destinations in South America looking viable and likely aircraft availability, it makes sense for Delta to upgauge capacity to Cancun.
Delta’s A330s to Cancun
According to Routesonline, Delta will be flying an A330-300 from Atlanta, New York-JFK, and Salt Lake City to Cancun starting in November. Atlanta and Salt Lake City A330 service will begin on November 8th, while JFK A330 service begins on November 6th. JFK and Salt Lake City A330 service will end on December 18th, though that may be extended if demand warrants. The A330 will fly once daily from each airport to Cancun.
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Do note that, on some of these routes, Delta flies multiple times a day using other aircraft, so be careful when booking if you are looking to fly on an Airbus A330 specifically.
Also, Delta is blocking middle seats on all aircraft in the Main Cabin and Comfort+ sections. Delta’s first class and Delta One caps end on October 31st before these A330s will take off. Also note that in twin-aisle Delta One cabins, like the A330, there are no capacity limitations.
Delta’s Airbus A330-300s
The A330-300s are one of Delta’s transatlantic staples, flying from its hubs in the United States to partner hubs like Amsterdam and Paris, and in the summers, to some other high-demand European destinations. These planes are different in terms of onboard products from the A330-900neos flying out of Seattle and, soon, New York-JFK.
The A330-300s are configured with 34 lie-flat reverse herringbone Delta One seats, 40 Comfort+ seats (which are extra-legroom economy), and 219 standard economy seats. All seats feature access to on-demand entertainment.
The Delta One seat is not one of the airline’s new Delta One Suites. Rather, the aircraft is equipped with reverse-herringbone style seats, which are still good for getting some privacy. Note, however, that Delta is currently selling this class as first rather than Delta One, so you might not get all the features and amenities that could previously be found in Delta One.
Why is Delta flying these jets to Cancun?
Delta’s international route map has been decimated, and the airline is working to build it up slowly. Thus, the airline has plenty of extra aircraft availability, so it makes sense to redeploy those jets on high-demand routes where Americans can and have shown a willingness to travel. Do note that the schedule is subject to change, and Delta may remove A330 service in the future. Or else, if demand is high to Cancun after months of quarantine fever, Delta may extend A330 flight schedules if it does not need the plane on other routes.
The A330-300s typically fly transatlantic long-haul hops, among others. The aircraft is especially prominent on routes from the United States to Delta’s partner hubs in Amsterdam and Paris. At the end of October, for example, Delta is using A330-300s to resume Minneapolis to Amsterdam service.
Are you going to fly Delta’s A330s to and from Cancun this winter? Let us know in the comments!