Delta Air Lines, a dominant U.S. airline and one of the five remaining legacy carriers, has recently announced changes within its flight’s schedule. The carrier is the sixth-oldest operating airline by foundation date and has managed to successfully maintain its presence as a top airline, serving destinations across the world. Delta’s fleet consists of a number of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, which constantly change, adapting to the needs of the carrier and its passengers. Delta has now announced that it will be flying between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda Airport using its A350 airplanes.
Delta A350 to Tokyo
The A350 is an aircraft that Delta Air Lines puts great reliance on and has named it the airline’s flagship airplane, a label that was once given to the Boeing 747, which has now been retired from the carrier’s fleet. The A350 was first employed by Delta on a flight service in October 2017 and the carrier is now increasingly making arrangements to its flight schedule to make the A350 more popular on a number of destinations. Other A350 plans made by Delta include its use on flight services between Los Angeles and Sydney from the end of March in 2019.
The A350 was first employed by Delta on a flight service in October 2017 and the carrier is now increasingly making arrangements to its flight schedule to make the A350 more popular on a number of destinations
Regarding its Tokyo service, Delta will introduce its A350 aircraft on the service between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda Airport from the 31st of March, 2019 with a schedule as follows:
DL7 Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda departing 11:02 AM arriving 2:35 PM (+1 day)
DL6 Tokyo Haneda to Los Angeles departing 3:15 PM arriving 9:17 AM
The LA A350 routes are also gaining speed, with another upgrade made to a route leaving from LAX. This brings us to the conclusion that the carrier will be flying its A350 on three routes out of Los Angeles.
Other Delta A350 Routes
At the moment, Delta Air Lines operates a total of 11 A350s, which are already an active part of the carrier’s fleet. The airline is expecting to receive 14 more aircraft, which are to be added to the fleet by 2022.
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Delta has already begun operating the A350 on a number of routes including:
- Atlanta to Seoul Incheon
- Detroit to Amsterdam
- Detroit to Beijing
- Detroit to Seoul Incheon
- Detroit to Shanghai
- Detroit to Tokyo Narita
- Los Angeles to Shanghai
The new launch of the A350 on the service between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda brings a significant change for the carrier as the flight is currently served by Airbus’ A330-300. The capacity increase provided by the change is only slight. The A330-300 provides a seating capacity of 293 seats, while the A350 offers 306 seats for passengers.
Passengers travelling on the route with the new A350 will have the option of traveling with the new Delta One Suites, which bring improved comfort to travelers. Delta’s One Suites have been reviewed to be one of the best business seats available on the market.
Industry experts have been in a dilemma on the question of why Delta is placing its A350 aircraft on a routed served by the A330 instead of a Boeing 777. The reasons may be related to the Boeing 777’s reconfiguration and upgrade work in addition to the possibility of the airplane being employed on the new services to be introduced to Mumbai from 2019.