Delta Air Lines is launching four new routes from Boston’s Logan Airport next year. The airline has announced it will begin flying a seasonal service to Rome, a second daily flight to Paris, and new services to Manchester and London’s Gatwick Airport. All up, the airline plans to add some 780,00 extra transatlantic seats in 2020. It secures Delta’s position as one of the biggest operators between the United States and Europe.
The announcement of the new flights from Boston coincides with a general expansion of Delta’s transatlantic operations. It is stepping up Tel Aviv flights from New York’s JFK Airport and making Salt Lake City’s London flights year-round rather than seasonal.
In a statement, Delta Air Lines’ Senior Vice President of Network Planning, Joe Esposito, said;
“Customers are looking for more opportunities to visit Europe, so we’ve added more destinations and flight times.”
Boston to Rome flights
The seasonal service between Boston and Rome (FCO) will operate over the northern 2020 summer, with flights departing Boston daily between May 21, 2020, and September 7, 2020, inclusive. The return flight from Rome will depart between May 22, 2020, and September 8, 2020, inclusive.
The Rome flights will be operated using Delta’s A330-300 aircraft. The A330-300 can carry 293 passengers including 34 in Delta One Suites, 40 in Delta Comfort Plus, and 219 passengers in Delta’s economy class.
Boston to Paris flights
The second daily service between Boston and Paris (CDG) also appears to be a seasonal service flying over the northern 2020 summer. Delta says the service will operate out of Boston daily between May 21, 2020, and September 7, 2020, inclusive. The return service from Paris will operate from May 22, 2020, and September 8, 2020, inclusive.
The Paris seasonal service will utilize a Boeing 767-300. Delta Air Lines operates several variations of the 767-300. But running a dummy booking through the Delta website indicates a seating plan with 30 Delta One Suite seats, 35 Delta Comfort Plus seats, and 165 economy seats.
Boston to Gatwick flights
The new service between Boston and London-Gatwick (LGW) will run all year round and commence on May 21, 2020. Delta’s Vice President of Transatlantic, Roberto Ioriatti, said in a statement;
“These new services strengthen our position across the Atlantic with more than 5% growth in 2020. The Europe, Middle East and Africa region is our largest international entity and these new services, together with our partners, strengthen that further.”
The Gatwick service will be operated using a Boeing 757-200. There are five versions of this aircraft. Again, the Delta booking engine shows their Gatwick flights will be operated using a version with 16 Delta One Suites, 44 Delta Comfort Plus seats and 111 seats in Delta’s main economy cabin.
Boston to Manchester flights
Unlike the Gatwick flights, Delta’s Boston to Manchester (MAN) flights appear to be operating on a seasonal basis across the northern 2020 summer. Flights will leave Boston every day between May 21, 2020, and September 7, 2020, inclusive. The return flights from Manchester will leave between May 22, 2020, and September 8, 2020.
The service will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 with the same seat plan as the Gatwick flights.
Other seasonal services from Boston
The Boeing 757 is a popular choice for Delta Air Lines when operating seasonal transatlantic flights. Their regular Boston-Edinburgh (EDI) seasonal service, operating between May 21, 2020, and September 29, 2020, will use the same aircraft as seen heading to Gatwick and Manchester.
The seasonal Boston-Lisbon (LIS) service will use a less luxurious version of the Boeing 757. The Lisbon service, operating between May 21, 2020, and September 29, 2020, will offer 20 Premium Select seats, 29 Delta Comfort Plus seats, and 150 Delta economy seats.
While the majority of these new services are only seasonal and operated using some fairly old aircraft, Delta is loud and proud about its transatlantic offering. Joe Esposito said;
“In addition to offering the most comprehensive schedule of any US aircraft across the Atlantic, we’ve invested significantly in our aircraft, service and products for customers travelling between the U.S. and Europe.”
With all the competition across the Atlantic and some excellent hard products out there, it will be interesting to see how these flights go and whether they are continued in the 2021 summer.