MIAMI —Delta Air Lines and partner Virgin Atlantic will begin direct flights between Los Angeles and London Heathrow, flown with a Boeing 767-300ER, effective October 26. The carrier also said it will begin LAX-Vancouver service with Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines in December, flown with a Embraer E-175, respectively.
The carrier says the new service was created to help those in the city’s entertainment and production communities. The London flight will arrive at Terminal 3, where BusinessElite customers will have access to the iconic Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. Los Angeles travelers will have access to a $229 million expansion and enhancement of Delta’s Terminal 5, which will double the size of the ticketing lobby and screening checkpoints and open an exclusive Sky Priority lobby with dedicated access to screening checkpoints for Delta’s high-value customers. It also will include renovations to the Delta Sky Club and new baggage carousels.
The new LAX routes have Delta serving all the top entertainment destinations from Los Angeles, including: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Detroit; Miami; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York; Paris; Raleigh, North Carolina; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco; Seattle; and Sydney.
Earlier this month, American Airlines announced it was adding three daily flights between LAX and Atlanta starting on March 5, 201. The flights are being timed to complement its domestic and international flights. American sees LAX as another important gateway for its domestic and international flights, along with providing one-stop service cities around the world on American, US Airways and other airlines in the oneworld alliance.
Last fall, Delta launched the Delta Shuttle, hourly non-stop flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The carrier also operates eight daily transcontinental flights between Los Angeles and JFK Airport with aircraft that feature full flat-bed seats and meals from celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello in BusinessElite. Travelers in the airline’s Economy Comfort product have access to amenities including free headsets, beer, wine, spirits and premium snacks.
By the end of 2014, Delta will operate 150 peak-day departures to 47 destinations from LAX and now provides more direct service than any other airline, from Los Angeles to Atlanta with 10 daily flights, Detroit with five daily flights, and New Orleans with three daily flights.