Posing with the cake in Tampa, commissioned to celebrate Delta Air Lines’ new connection from Boston, are: Michael Whaley, Sales Executive, Delta Air Lines; John Tiliacos, VP of Operations and Customer Service, Tampa Airport; Jeff Simonin, GM Delta Air Lines; and Michael Stephens, General Counsel and VP of IT, Tampa Airport. The amazing destination cake had all edible elements including a bottle of Sam Adams beer made out of sugar, along with a cute Boston Terrier on top. Along with cake, passengers on the inaugural Delta flight to Boston were also entertained by the band No Filter which performed songs from famous Boston bands including Aerosmith, Boston, The Doors and New Kids on the Bloc. They also received special giveaways.
- Delta Air Lines this week debuted five new routes from three airports – Boston (BOS), St. Louis (STL) and Detroit (DTW). The most significant of the airline’s new routes is the connection from Detroit to Iron Mountain (IMT), as this is the only route that the SkyTeam member has launched this week that does not face direct competition. Delta is also not the only airline to launch flights between Boston and Tampa (TPA) this week, as Spirit Airlines inaugurated flights on the day previous to Delta’s inauguration. It should also be noted that all three routes launched from Boston this week face direct competition from JetBlue Airways. The average sector length of Delta’s five new routes is 1,723 kilometres, while the average weekly frequency is 4.8.
||Southwest Florida (RSW)
||JetBlue Airways (62), Spirit Airlines (14)
||JetBlue Airways (28), Spirit Airlines (7)
||Iron Mountain (IMT)
||St. Thomas (STT)
||JetBlue Airways (14)
|St. Louis (STL)
||Southwest Airlines (28), Frontier Airlines (7)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data w/c 21 February 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.