As expected following the launch of a transatlantic joint-venture between Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, Delta has today announced that it is to operate a direct flight from London Heathrow to Seattle from 30 March 2014.
This breaks the monopoly of British Airways on the route. It is not the first time an airline has sought to break this monopoly. Northwest Airlines, now subsumed into Delta, launched the route shortly after Heathrow, but unfavourable timings imposed by Heathrow slot constraints meant this route proved to be short-lived. Delta’s prospects are significantly enhanced by good timings and the support of a codeshare with Virgin Atlantic.
Here is the launch timetable:
Delta – London Heathrow – Seattle
Flight DL36 – Depart London Heathrow 12:30 – Arrive Seattle Tacoma 14:40
Flight DL37 – Depart Seattle Tacoma 18:40 – Arrive London Heathrow 12:05
This route has since transferred to Delta’s transatlantic joint-venture partner Virgin Atlantic.