Delta Air Lines debuts transatlantic trio

Reykjavik/Keflavik celebrated with a ribbon and cake cutting the start of service by Delta Air Lines to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Holding the knife is Jan Feenstra, Delta’s Sales Manager for The Netherlands and Nordics. The SkyTeam member already offers seasonal flights to the Icelandic capital from New York JFK. Flights will be operated by the carrier on its 757-200 fleet daily in direct competition with Icelandair according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

Edinburgh heralded with a bagpipe player the start of Delta Air Lines’ daily service from New York JFK. The new service on the 5,222-kilometre sector will face direct competition from American Airlines, while United Airlines offers indirect competition with its New York Newark operation. At Edinburgh Airport there was also a cake to cut. Sharing the moment were: Sir John Elvidge, Chairman of Edinburgh Airport; Frank Jahangir, VP Sales Europe Middle East and Africa, Delta Air Lines; Hollywood star Alan Cumming (who in 1995 starred in an aviation-themed BBC sitcom called The High Life in which he worked for Air Scotia); Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy; and Denise Hill, Head of Market Strategy & Development.

Munich Airport held a ribbon cutting ceremony to confirm the opening of Delta Air Lines’ new service between Detroit and the German gateway. Service on the 6,973-kilometre city pair will operate daily on the SkyTeam member’s 767-400 fleet according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

  • Delta Air Lines commenced service on three transatlantic routes this week, which included the return of its 5,222-kilometre link between New York JFK (JFK) and Edinburgh (EDI), a city pair it last operated in 2009. The airline also launched a transborder route between Salt Lake City (SLC) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) on 27 May, the same day in which Air Canada launched the city pair. All services will be operated daily, with three facing direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
26 May Detroit (DTW) Munich (MUC) B764 (7)
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) B752 (7) Icelandair (7)
New York JFK (JFK) Edinburgh (EDI) American Airlines (7)
27 May Salt Lake City (SLC) Toronto Pearson (YYZ) A319 (7) Air Canada (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 31 May 2016.


  1. Bob P. says:

    You forgot to mention MSP -> FCO which also launched on May 26th

    • Hi Bob,

      According to our data sources Delta Air Lines’ first flight between MSP and FCO launched on 1 June, which will be covered in this week’s news.

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