Bolstered by Growing Global Alliances, Delta Strengthens International Schedules for Summer 2010

ATLANTA, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced a series of schedule enhancements to strengthen its international network for summer 2010. The changes - which will expand service for customers in 17 cities...


By June 2010, the Delta-Air France-KLM joint venture will reintroduce seasonal service on more than a dozen trans-Atlantic routes and will launch new nonstop service between New York-JFK and Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden. Seasonal reintroductions include additional daily flights between joint venture hubs and added service to meet seasonal demand on routes such as Atlanta to Athens; Atlanta to Venice; New York-JFK to Zurich; and Detroit to Rome. (A complete list of Delta's summer 2010 seasonal service is available at http://news.delta.com/index.php?DB=mr4enh_delta&s=11.)

Delta's new service between JFK and Copenhagen will be the only nonstop flight between the two cities, filling a gap to the largest travel market from JFK without nonstop service. Stockholm, which is among the largest travel markets to and from New York, also will benefit from its only nonstop service to JFK.

In total, the Delta-Air France-KLM joint venture will offer the industry's leading trans-Atlantic flight schedule for summer 2010 with approximately 25 percent of the total trans-Atlantic market.

"By integrating our trans-Atlantic operations, Air France, KLM and Delta give passengers what they wish: More choice, more frequencies, more convenient flight schedules and better customer services. By optimizing the use of our pooled resources, this joint venture helps us weather the current economic situation and protect our product offering," said Bruno Matheu, executive vice president - Marketing, Revenue Management and Network, Air France-KLM.

Since beginning a dramatic restructuring of its international network in 2005, Delta has grown from approximately 45 daily round-trip U.S. to Europe flights in summer 2005 to more than 100 daily flights scheduled by the Delta-Air France-KLM joint venture for summer 2010. Each new route capitalizes on the strength of the joint venture by allowing the three airlines to share costs and revenues and more effectively market the service to a broader base of customers.

Africa

Building on its position as the only U.S. carrier operating flights to Africa, Delta will continue its expansion into fast-growing African markets for summer 2010. The airline will complement existing JFK-Accra, Ghana service with new nonstop 767-300 flights from Atlanta, and will replace existing one-stop Boeing 757-200 service between Abuja, Nigeria and JFK with nonstop flights operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Delta intends to serve as many as 10 African destinations from the United States next summer, including flights to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Monrovia, Liberia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Luanda, Angola, each of which are pending U.S. and foreign government approvals. Delta has aircraft ready to serve each of these markets as soon as it receives the necessary approvals.

"Traffic between the United States and Africa is projected to grow more than 5 percent annually through 2027," Hauenstein said. "With demand for travel to Africa spread across the United States, Delta is uniquely positioned to continue to collect this growing base of traffic through the world's largest passenger hub in Atlanta, as well as via the top U.S. market in New York."

Delta's African expansion trims several hours off average travel times between the U.S. and Africa, a significant benefit for customers.

Customer experience

Customers on the new flights will have the opportunity to experience Delta's award-winning BusinessElite service, including innovative food offerings from celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and original wine selections chosen by Delta's Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. BusinessElite also features on-demand personal in-seat entertainment boasting more than 20 first-run and popular classic movies, a variety of TV programs, thousands of music titles and a suite of video games.

Routes operated with Delta's new Boeing 777-200LR aircraft offer BusinessElite customers a fully flat, six-foot, three-inch bed in a one-two-one configuration, which provides every customer with direct aisle access. With next summer's schedule, Delta's fleet of 777-200LR aircraft will be operated on its longest flights, including Atlanta to Dubai; Atlanta to Tel Aviv; Atlanta to Johannesburg; Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita; Los Angeles to Sydney; and Detroit to Hong Kong. Summer 2010 will mark the first time the 777-200LR has flown in scheduled service from Tokyo-Narita with service to Atlanta and Los Angeles.

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