Delta A330-300. (Credits: jplphoto)

MIAMI – Delta Air Lines announced yet another expansion of its transatlantic routes for the Summer 2019 season. The Atlanta-based carrier responds to American Airlines’ announcements, where a myriad of seasonal European destinations will launch from some of the carrier’s bases.

The first new route in Delta’s European schedule is from Tampa (TPA) to Amsterdam (AMS), which will operate on a year-round basis from May 23, 2019.

The new Tampa Bay-Amsterdam flight, labeled as DL76, will depart TPA at 22:25 and arrive into AMS at 12:45 the next day. DL77 will then depart back to Florida at 14:45 local and arrive at 19:15.

This will be Delta’s 11th AMS route and the second from the state of Florida, following the Orlando (MCO) service that launched earlier this year.

The Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG) and AMS services will also be increasing to daily services from June 16, 2019.

The LAX – CDG service will be the airline’s third route to the French capital using its Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring the newly fitted DeltaOne Suites and Delta Premium Select cabin.

Photo: Wikimedia.

The new cabins will also feature on flights from both Atlanta (ATL) and Minneapolis (MSP) to CDG, effective December 13 this year.

One of the highlights in Delta’s new European schedule is that the Detroit (DTW) – AMS service will be flown by the airline’s new Airbus A350-900—a tremendous upgrade over the current A330 service.

Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President of Transatlantic operations, admitted that “Delta is putting great focus on our international expansion and Europe is an important part of this.”

“Our new Tampa Bay flight and extra capacity on other key routes from our LAX and JFK hubs offer our customers more choice and convenient connections throughout the United States and Europe in connection with our partners”, he added.

More New York to Paris, Tel Aviv

From New York (JFK), a second daily non-stop flight to both Paris and Tel Aviv, Israel will expand Delta’s transatlantic takings even further.

The supplementary Tel Aviv service has been scheduled to depart during daylight hours, whereas the current flight departs late in the evening. Both flights will be operated by the Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

The second daily JFK-TLV rotation will see DL466 departing at 15:35 and arrive at 09:35 the next morning. The return flight DL467 will depart at 11:35, arriving back into JFK at 16:50.

Ten Boeing 777-232(LR) and eight 777-200(ER) are currently the long-haul workhorses in Delta’s fleet. PHOTO: DELTA.

Also, the second daily JFK-CDG rotation will see DL264 depart at 22:15 and arrive in Paris at 09:45 the next day. DL265, the return will depart at noontime and arrive back into JFK at 14:30.

This added Paris service will bring the total daily number of flights to seven, thanks to the agreements with Air France-KLM, and Alitalia.

Switching to the West Coast, Delta’s new LAX-CDG rotation will see DL156 depart at noontime and arrive into Paris at 07:55 the next day. The return, DL157 will depart CDG at 15:15 and arrive back into LAX at 18:25.

Photo: Airbus.

A new LAX-AMS rotation will see DL78 depart LAX at 12:05 and arrive into Amsterdam at 08:00. However, from June 16, the rotation will change to a 19:00 departure time with a 14:55 arrival.

Delta’s focus in Europe for next year’s summer season suggests that traffic across the Atlantic will continue to grow year-over-year.

All three US legacy carriers will continue to offer more seats during the peak summer season across to Europe.