There were celebrations in Amsterdam this week, including a ceremonial ribbon cutting, to welcome the start of Delta Air Lines flights from Los Angeles. The US carrier will offer four weekly rotations on this route, with it joining fellow SkyTeam member KLM on the 8,951-kilometre airport pair, a service it operates twice-daily.
- Delta Air Lines has introduced three new routes to its network this week, including transatlantic services to Paris CDG (CDG) and Amsterdam (AMS) from Los Angeles (LAX), sectors inaugurated on 16 and 17 June respectively. Along with these inter-continental services, Delta also commenced flights from Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Indianapolis (IND), a US-domestic service it began on 18 June. The 9,098-kilometre sector from California to the French capital will be operated three times weekly using 777-200s and faces incumbent competition from multiple carriers, including fellow SkyTeam member Air France, Norwegian, Air Tahiti Nui and XL Airways France. The 8,951-kilometre Amsterdam route will be flown four times weekly, with it joining fellow SkyTeam operator KLM which already provides a twice-daily rotation this summer. Meanwhile, the 2,993-kilometre city pairing of Seattle and Indianapolis will be operated daily on A319s, facing direct competition from Alaska Airlines which also offers a daily service. “The start of our new Los Angeles non-stop services to both Paris and Amsterdam offers our customers even more choice on Delta to its key European hubs,” commented Dwight James, Delta’s SVP about the new long-haul services from Los Angeles.