Delta boosts US, Europe flights

Delta Air Lines this week will become the world’s largest airline between the United States and Europe in terms of destinations served, seat capacity and weekly flights This comes as it introduces new and expanded services between the United States and Athens, Greece; Edinburgh, Scotland; Venice, Italy; and Kiev, Ukraine.

More than 200 Delta customers enjoyed the new nonstop flight from Atlanta to Athens yesterday, with additional inaugural flights scheduled for customers flying from New York-JFK to Kiev on Thursday; from Atlanta to Edinburgh on Monday; and from Atlanta to Venice on Tuesday.

“Becoming the world’s largest airline between the United States and Europe is an exciting milestone in our efforts to reinvent when and where Delta flies to become a truly global airline,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president - Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Since March we have successfully launched 11 new routes across the Atlantic and have significantly increased options for our customers to choose Delta for travel to more global destinations than at any time in our history. We are pleased that our customers are responding favorably to our new services and we look forward to serving a record number of customers across the Atlantic this summer.”

With the completion of this week’s expansion, Delta will offer customers more than 50 daily flights to 29 trans-Atlantic destinations from its international gateways in Atlanta, Cincinnati and New York-JFK—more than any other airline from the United States. Additionally, Delta will operate the only nonstop service of any U.S. airline between the United States and eight European destinations: Athens, Greece; Budapest, Hungary; Dusseldorf, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; Kiev, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Nice, France; and Stuttgart, Germany.

Customers flying on Delta’s newest routes will enjoy the comfort of the wide body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with the capacity to carry up to 214 passengers in a two-class configuration, featuring Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite(tm) service.