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Delta expands in Boston; announces 2 new international and 3 new domestic routes

Delta Airlines has announced a major expansion in Boston, with two new international routes, 3 new domestic routes and the debut of its newest aircraft.

New international routes

Beginning Memorial Day weekend i.e. starting 26th May 2022, Delta will operate 3-weekly flights between Boston Logan International Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. The schedule for the flights is:

  • Boston-Tel Aviv
  • Departure time: 16:20
  • Arrival time: 09:35 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 10 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: DL242
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  • Tel Aviv-Boston
  • Departure time: 11:50
  • Arrival time: 16:45
  • Flight time: 11 hours and 55 minutes
  • Flight number: DL243
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

These flights will be operated by Delta’s newest Airbus A330-900neos featuring 29 flat-bed Delta One Suites, 28 Delta Premium Select seats, 56 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 168 Economy seats.

As of 27th May 2022, the airline will fly 3-times-a-week between Boston Logan International Airport and Athens International Airport in Greece. The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Boston-Athens
  • Departure time: 18:55
  • Arrival time: 12:30 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 10 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: DL240
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Athens-Boston
  • Departure time: 14:45
  • Arrival time: 19:15
  • Flight time: 11 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: DL241
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

Athens flights will be operated by the carrier’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft consisting of 34 flat-bed Delta One seats, 40 Delta Comfort+ seats, and 219 Economy seats.

Joe Esposito, S.V.P. – Network Planning, Delta, said:

We’ve strengthened our Boston hub as demand has accelerated, adding about 3,800 more seats a day by next summer than our last peak in 2019. Boston is a fast-growing market with a booming economy, and we’re committed to offering customers significant choice and better convenience when making their travel plans, in addition to Delta’s superior products and experience.

New Athens and Tel Aviv service will complement Delta’s existing flights to Amsterdam and Rome, and returning pre-COVID-19 service to Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London and Paris.

The airline will also continue to operate flights between Boston and Cancun, Mexico next summer. Additionally, travellers can book this year’s warm winter escape with additional seasonal Delta service to Aruba, Montego Bay, Nassau, Punta Cana and St. Thomas.

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Charlie Baker, Governor, Massachusetts, said:

We are excited to welcome new Delta flights to Boston, connecting visitors and travelers to exciting destinations around the world. These flights coming to Logan Airport in 2022 will allow more people to access hundreds of destinations and the global economy.

By next summer, Delta will operate up to 160 daily nonstop flights to 55 destinations from Boston, a more than 20% increase in capacity since the pre-pandemic height in October 2019.

Rep. Jake Auchincloss said:

Delta’s fleet expansion at Logan is a big boost for economic development. Massachusetts is a powerhouse of talent — and we are stronger when that talent has more connections to the wider world.

Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Lt. Gov., said:

As more and more travelers return to the skies, Delta remains a strong partner for the Massachusetts airline market. We look forward to the positive impact these new flights will have in connecting the commonwealth to more global destinations.

New domestic routes

Starting 11th July 2022, Delta will fly nonstop from Boston to Baltimore and Denver & will also introduce new flights to San Diego.

Baltimore flights will be 5-times-a-day operated by Embraer E175s, which offer 12 First Class, 20 Comfort+ and 44 Main Cabin seats, by Delta’s partner Republic Airways. Both Denver and San Diego service will operate daily on the 180-seat Boeing B737-900 and 160-seat Boeing B737-800, respectively.

In addition to this, starting 10th October 2021, Delta will fly nonstop from Boston to Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Airbus A321neo

Delta will take delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, of which it has ordered 155, sometime in spring 2022. The first commercial flight of this aircraft will be out of Boston Logan International Airport. The Airbus A321neo has a 12% better fuel efficiency on a per-seat basis than its counterpart, the A321ceo.

The 194-seat aircraft will feature Delta’s new First Class seat design offering more privacy and a sturdier tray table. All passengers will enjoy the wireless in-flight entertainment system created by wholly-owned subsidiary, Delta Flight Products, with personalized entertainment screen at every seat.

The Airbus A321neos will featured Delta’s new First Class seats. Photo: Delta

While the A321neo will be deployed across Delta’s domestic network, its initial launch will focus on transcontinental markets from Boston.

Additionally, the airline will double the number of Airbus A220 departures to at least 20 flights next year, deploying the aircraft to more business markets like Nashville and Raleigh-Durham. As of this fall, Delta is already operating the A220 from Boston to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Cincinnati, New York City and Chicago.

Featured image by Delta

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