MIAMI – Delta began yesterday a daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Flights will be operated using a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, offering full flat-bed seats in First Class on this route.
“We’re pleased that Delta’s growth and investment on the West Coast have created an opportunity to provide new direct service to and from Washington-Reagan,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President – Sales, West Region. “We also know that for Delta customers in L.A. and D.C., ‘how’ you get there is important, too. As the only airline to offer full flat-bed seats between these markets, our customers will arrive rested and productive – and it’s that premium distinction in the customer experience that differentiates Delta.”
Service to DCA is the latest in a series of recent investments in Delta’s hub at LAX. Earlier this year, Delta announced a $1.9 billion plan to modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX over the next seven years, as well as to provide a secure connector to the north side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, enabling Delta to build a premier space for its LAX operations alongside its airline partners.
Delta’s LAX-DCA flights will operate by schedule. The departing flights from Los Angeles are programmed at 8:30 a.m., arriving in Washington at 4:55 p.m. The departing flights from Washington are programmed at 5:45 p.m., arriving in Los Angeles at 8:30 p.m.
Delta operates 54 peak-day flights to 11 destinations from DCA. To provide service to the West Coast, Delta will reallocate flights from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. At the same time, the airline will begin service from Washington-Dulles to Salt Lake City, maintaining the number of total seats Delta offers between the D.C. area and Salt Lake City.
“As a Delta hub, Salt Lake City is a critical part of Delta’s domestic and international network, connecting the Mountain West with service to all parts of the U.S. and beyond,” said Andrea Newman, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Government Affairs.
Delta’s Salt Lake City – Washington-Dulles flights will operate by schedule already began on April 23. Departing flight from SLC are programmed at 5:00 p.m., arriving Washington at 11:08 p.m. and the departing flights from IAD are programmed at 7:30 a.m., arriving in Salt Lake City at 10:10 a.m.
As Newman said, “Delta’s preference would be to maintain two roundtrip flights to Salt Lake City from DCA but is unable to do so without a change to federal statute. We believe that new ‘beyond-perimeter’ slots would help to create new jobs and economic growth through new business and tourism opportunities in addition to lowering ticket prices and benefitting consumers through increased competition.”