Air Lines has unveiled route deployment plans for its newly acquired fleet of
transatlantic Boeing 757-200s.
executive vice-president network, revenue management and alliances Glen Hauenstein says the carrier will
use the 757s on at least 12 transatlantic routes starting in its summer 2008
schedule. The 757s will be used to launch four new routes and replace 767-300s
on eight existing routes.
new 757 routes are New York JFK to Edinburgh,
Lyon, Malaga and Paris Orly. Delta announced earlier
today it was resuming service to Lyon and launching service to Orly
but did not specify an aircraft type. JFK-Edinburgh and JFK-Malaga were
announced late last month but again at the time Delta did not specify which
aircraft type it would use on the two new routes.
officials say 757s will also be used on existing services from its JFK hub to Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Shannon
and from its Atlanta hub to
Edinburgh and Shannon. All these services are now flown with 767-300s.
says these 767-300s
will be re-deployed to support new Delta routes including Atlanta-Stockholm,
JFK-Cairo, JFK-Amman, JFK-Lagos and Salt Lake City-Paris. All these routes have
been announced over the last several weeks as part of a major expansion of
Delta’s transatlantic operation.
now serves 35 transatlantic destinations, including Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Hauenstein says this will expand to 45 by next
summer with the addition of Amman,
Cairo, Cape Town, Lagos, London Heathrow, Lyon, Paris Orly, Malaga, Nairobi
last year announced plans to lease 13 ex-American 757s to support further
expansion of its transatlantic operation in 2008. The carrier, which now only
uses 757s on domestic routes, earlier this year said a total of 15 757s including
the 13 newly acquired aircraft would be used for transatlantic operations from
15 aircraft will be reconfigured over the next few months for transatlantic
services. Delta will become the fifth US carrier operating 757s
across the Atlantic,
joining American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and US
Hauenstein says all 15 757s will
be used to operate transatlantic services in the summer, including two or three
spares, but a couple may be deployed on Caribbean
routes during the winter months.
the last couple of years Delta also has been reconfiguring 767-400s for
transatlantic operations. About half of Delta’s 767-400s are now operating over
while the other half continue to operate domestic routes.
vice-president of network planning Bob Cortelyou says by 2009 all 21 of Delta’s
767-400s will be reconfigured for transatlantic operations. He says the next
767-300 to 767-400 upgrade will be on the Atlanta-Dakar-Johannesburg route.
been a lot of unmet demand to South Africa from the United States,” Cortelyou
says, adding: “I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the traffic out of Dakar
of Delta’s 767-400s are now based in Atlanta
but Cortelyou says some may move to JFK in 2008. He says the addition of
767-400 and now the 757 allows Delta to “right-size” its transatlantic fleet and launch more new routes.
years ago Delta had rigid flexibility because all we had for the transatlantic
basically was the 767-300,” he says.
Hauenstein says the new
transatlantic joint venture agreement with Air France
gives Delta further opportunities to expand its transatlantic operation. For
example, he says Salt Lake City-Paris could not be supported without a joint
venture and Delta may also launch Salt Lake City-London in the future.
do one at a time [from Salt Lake].
We’ll look for a London
option later,” Hauenstein
said during an interview today in Paris
following the signing of the joint venture agreement between Delta and Air France.