The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 13 November 2019

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Delta Premium Select, Boeing 767 aircraft
Delta Premium Select, Boeing 767 aircraft (Image Credit: Delta)

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 GMT.

Delta’s Boeing 767-400 at London Heathrow

Delta begins operating the Boeing 767-400 aircraft from London Heathrow today.

Although this is far from the most modern aircraft to cross the Atlantic, Delta is in the process of refurbishing its fleet of Boeing 767-400 aircraft to bring their interiors closer to the standard of Airbus A350-900 and refurbished Boeing 777 aircraft, neither of which are served with by Delta at London Heathrow.

The first refurbished aircraft should enter service this month. Delta’s refurbished Boeing 767-400 aircraft will benefit from a modified version its new “Delta One” business class suites. 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 as well as improved in-flight entertainment..

The Boeing 767-400 aircraft will operate from London Heathrow on the following routes this year:

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

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

Note this does not guarantee that you will be on a refurbished aircraft. If you are booking flights online at Delta you will see these flights with refurbished aircraft specifically flagged on the booking page with “New Interior”.

Severe Weather

Large parts of North America are currently experiencing severe weather.

In Canada, Montreal and Toronto are no strangers to winter snow, but have experienced snow much earlier this year. (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

The National Weather Service has advised that much of Central & Eastern US will experience record low temperatures today. (New York Times)

BA Transatlantic Cancellations

BA continues to tactically cancel selected flights due to additional checks on Boeing 787 engines.

The following short-notice transatlantic cancellations were announced this week:

Flights BA69/068 London Heathrow – Philadelphia – Tuesday 12 November
Flights BA189/188 London Heathrow – Newark – Wednesday 12 November
Flights BA203/202 London Heathrow – Boston – Thursday 14 November
Flights BA225/224 London Heathrow – New Orleans – Friday 15 November 

Late post publication updates:

[Reserved for updates throughout the day]

Iberia has announced that it is to return to Washington Dulles next summer. The route will launch 1 May 2020, initially four times weekly, increasing to five times weekly from 6 July 2020. Flights will be operated with Airbus A330 aircraft.

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