Delta Air Lines goes long-haul from Indianapolis

Indianapolis Airport celebrated in style the launch of Delta Air Lines’ inaugural service to Paris CDG on 24 May. Festivities included an impressive three-tiered route launch cake, a mass media conference, plus Indianapolis Motor Speedway presented Delta Air Lines with a commemorative glass of milk, a tradition at the Indy 500.

Delta Air Lines launched services between New York JFK and Ponta Delgada on 24 May, with the Azores airport greeting the new route with a cake which was designed to encompass both destinations in sweet decoration. Along with cake, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the apron. The SkyTeam member will operate the route daily this summer.

  • Delta Air Lines expanded its transatlantic operations by introducing three new routes to the market on 24 May, with the most significant of these being the airline’s only long-haul route from Indianapolis (IND), a connection to Paris CDG (CDG). “This is an historical moment, because for the first time Hoosiers – travelling for both leisure and business – will have a direct flight right into the heart of Europe,” commented Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. “From there, connectivity is tremendous. Travellers will be able to fly direct into 75 destinations within Europe and the Middle East via a one-stop connection in Paris on Delta and its partners. We’ve never had that kind of access before – and it’s a big deal.” The airline has also launched flights from Atlanta (ATL) to Lisbon (LIS), plus a 757-200-operated service from New York JFK (JFK) to Ponta Delgada (PDL). Both flights from Indianapolis and Atlanta will be flown using the airline’s 767-300s. The 6,721-kilometre link from Indianapolis and 6,581-kilometre service from Atlanta will both see a daily rotation, whereas the 4,102-kilometre connection from the Big Apple to the Azores will see a five times weekly rotation. None of the three routes faces direct competition based on OAG schedules. See how Lisbon and Ponta Delgada airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world

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