The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 26 June 2019

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Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update providing a weekly bulletin on developments on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America. The Atlantic Update is published every Wednesday morning at 06:00 BST.

Delta Boeing 767-400 Flights From London Heathrow

Delta currently operates a mixture of Airbus A330 and Boeing 767 aircraft on its transatlantic routes from London Heathrow.

Delta is currently upgrading its fleet of Boeing 767-400 aircraft. This is far from the most modern aircraft to traverse the Atlantic.

However, Delta’s refurbished aircraft do benefit from its new “Delta One” business class cabin. This is expected to be a modified version of the Delta One seat which Delta operates on Airbus A350-900 and retrofitted Boeing 777 aircraft, neither of which serve Heathrow. It promises more personal storage and significantly improved personal privacy with 34 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

These aircraft will also feature Delta’s 20 seat premium economy cabin, Delta Premium Select for the first time. This does bring much greater parity between Delta and its transatlantic joint-venture partner Virgin Atlantic.

Refurbished aircraft also benefit from ambient lighting and Delta’s bespoke seat back in-flight entertainment system which relies on wireless streaming to deliver content.

Delta has advised that Boeing 767-400 aircraft will operate from London Heathrow on the following routes:

London Heathrow – Atlanta (Flight DL31/DL30) from Wednesday 13 November 2019

London Heathrow – New York JFK (Flight DL2/DL1) from Sunday 17 November 2019

London Heathrow – Boston (Flight DL59/DL58) from Thursday 21 November 2019

Routes from Heathrow to Detroit, Minneapolis and Portland will operate with The Boeing 767-400 from as yet unspecified dates in the second quarter of 2020. The one exception is Salt Lake City.

If you are booking flights online at Delta you will see these flights flagged with “New Interior”.

Also of note this week:

American Airlines confirms its retirement schedule for passenger flights with MD-80 aircraft. (American Airlines)

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