Delta Air Lines is upgrading services to Amsterdam. Key hubs during the northern summer season in 2020 will see the flagship widebody enter service. The Airbus A350-900, with capacity for 306 passengers, will shuttle passengers to and from Delta’s hub to transatlantic joint-venture partner KLM’s hub in the Netherlands.
A350s to Amsterdam
Routes Online reports that the Airbus A350-900 will fly from Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Detroit from next summer. From Atlanta, the A350-900 will replace the Airbus A330-300 from June 20, 2020. Minneapolis and Detroit will also see an Airbus A350-900 replace an A330-300. Minneapolis will receive the A350-900 from March 29, 2020. Detroit, on the other hand, will see double-daily service from June 16, 2020.
Overall, Detroit passengers will be quite lucky with twice-daily service on the Airbus A350-900. For passengers transiting through Atlanta and Minneapolis, you will want to take extra care and ensure you are flying on an A350-900.
The onboard product
Delta’s A350s have the latest onboard product. At the front of the plane, there are 32 Delta One Suites. These are lie-flat seats with a door for enhanced privacy.
This is an upgrade from the A330-300 which has reverse herringbone seats. Although the reverse herringbone seats are a comfortable way to cross the pond, the Delta One Suites are a much newer and upgraded product.
The biggest upgrade comes for premium economy travelers; passengers who want a class between business and economy. Dubbed Premium Select, this is Delta’s first true premium economy product.
The downgrade, however, comes in economy class. Instead of the comfortable 2-4-2 layout on the A330, Delta’s economy class on the A350 is in a 3-3-3 configuration. Solo travelers who get a middle seat on a long-haul might be in for an uncomfortable ride. But, every seat will have access to seatback entertainment.
Delta and the Airbus A350
After merging with Northwest Airlines, Delta started taking an interest in Airbus. They were the first United States carrier to fly the A350. Recently, Delta even took on A350s from LATAM as part of their deal to cooperate closely on South American flights.
However, Delta has not used the A350 to launch new services. Rather, the A350 replaced the Boeing 747 and is increasing capacity on key routes. Compared to United and American, Delta has taken fewer risks with long-haul routes and instead has shown a preference for building partnerships with foreign carriers.
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Routesonline was the source for Delta’s new schedules regarding the Airbus A350 to Amsterdam.