Delta Customers Get Green Light to Book Flights between New York-JFK and London with Government OK of Newest Trans-Atlantic Route
Special introductory fares start as low as $199 round trip* for flights beginning Nov. 15; second daily round-trip flight planned for May 1
NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2006 – Delta Air Lines – the United States’ fastest growing major international airline – has received permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin selling seats on its new daily round-trip flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and London’s Gatwick Airport for service beginning Nov. 15, 2006. Final approval of Delta’s newest trans-Atlantic route is expected within the next few weeks, though customers can purchase tickets for these new flights at delta.com and through other ticketing channels effective immediately.
“We are delighted that the U.S. Department of Transportation has acted so quickly to allow Delta to begin marketing our new service on the world’s most popular international route,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network and Revenue Management. “Our customers in New York and connecting points beyond have long awaited the addition of nonstop Delta service between London and our fast-growing hub at JFK and we are eager to introduce customers to our newest trans-Atlantic route this November.”
Delta’s new service between JFK and London-Gatwick will significantly enhance the airline’s presence in New York by providing customers convenient access to 22 of the world’s top trans-Atlantic destinations, in addition to flights to 12 other international destinations across North and South America.
The new flights, subject to final government approval, will operate as follows:
Flight | Departs | Arrives | Effective
1 | New York-JFK at 7:05 p.m. | London-Gatwick at 7:25 a.m | Nov. 15, 2006
2 | London-Gatwick at 11 a.m. | New York-JFK at 2:10 p.m. | Nov. 16, 2006
Additionally, Delta plans to add a second daily round-trip flight in the New York-London market effective May 1, 2007.
To celebrate the new service, Delta is offering customers special introductory fares as low as $199 round trip* for travel between London and New York-JFK. Customers should act fast, however, as these discounted fares must be purchased no later than Sept. 7. Sample round-trip fares include:
To | From | Round-trip fare*
London-Gatwick | New York-JFK (Economy) | $199
London-Gatwick | New York-JFK (BusinessElite) | $999
*Additional taxes/fees/restrictions apply. Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com or from a travel agent. See below for more details.
Delta’s flights between New York and London will be operated using 214-passenger Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite service and recently upgraded business class cabins and service. Customers flying BusinessElite enjoy all-leather sleeper seats with 60 inches of legroom; innovative food offerings designed by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein; award-winning, original wine selections; and on-demand personal in-seat entertainment boasting more than 20 first-run and popular classic movies, a variety of TV programs, a broad range of music, and a suite of 12 video games. Economy class customers also will enjoy recent improvements on Delta, including new all-leather economy seats, enhanced food offerings, personal amenity kits and a complimentary cocktail with each meal.
As JFK’s leading airline, Delta operates nonstop service to more U.S. and international destinations than any other carrier. In total, Delta will offer customers 166 peak day flights to 72 worldwide destinations by December, including new nonstop service to 15 international destinations and more than a dozen new domestic destinations that have been added or announced in the last year. Additionally, this fall, Delta will begin the world’s first nonstop flights between Mumbai, India and the United States with daily nonstop service between Mumbai and JFK effective Nov. 1. And, on Dec. 11, Delta will begin the first nonstop service offered by any major U.S. carrier between New York and Africa with four-times weekly service to Accra, Ghana (subject to foreign government approval).
To support the continued growth of the JFK hub, Delta is investing in more than $20 million in renovations to its Terminal 2 and 3 facilities at JFK. Refurbishments under way include the addition of a new, dedicated BusinessElite check-in area in Terminal 2, refurbishing the customs and immigrations entrance, refreshing facilities in Delta’s BusinessElite lounge and Crown Room Clubs, and adding new international check-in kiosks throughout the facility.
Delta’s new service between JFK and London will complement an extensive schedule of flights between its three international gateways and the United Kingdom. With the winter schedule, Delta will operate seven peak-day flights between the U.S. and the U.K. with two flights between Atlanta and London, one flight between Atlanta and Edinburgh, one flight between Atlanta and Manchester, one flight between New York-JFK and Manchester, one flight between Cincinnati and London, and the new flight between New York-JFK and London.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 295 destinations in 46 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is the world’s leading carrier between the United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel with flights to 29 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America, Delta offers nearly 500 weekly flights to 47 destinations. Delta’s marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 470 worldwide destinations in 96 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
Restrictions: Fares shown are available for purchase only on delta.com or from your travel agent. Tickets cost $10 more if purchased from Delta over the telephone or $15 more if purchased at an airport or city ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Travel agents may impose an additional service charge for ticketing. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Tickets: Fares shown are round-trip and a round-trip purchase is required. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours after reservations are made, but no later than September 7, 2006. See delta.com for online ticket purchase requirements and restrictions.Travel Period: Travel may begin November 15, 2006 through March 21, 2007. All travel must be completed by April 20, 2007. Blackout Dates: 12/15/06-01/07/07. Fare Validity: Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) and BusinessElite cabins, respectively on Delta flights only. Minimum Stay: Saturday Night Maximum Stay: 30 Days. Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Fares are nonrefundable. Delta may permit you to apply a portion of the fare value to future travel upon payment of applicable fees and fare difference, otherwise the ticket will have no value. Fees may apply for itinerary changes. Delta may allow you to cancel certain electronic tickets until midnight of the day after purchase (or midnight of the departure date of the first flight, whichever comes first) without penalty if purchased at the time of reservation directly from Delta. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. Taxes/Fees: Fares do not include a $3.30 Federal Excise Tax which will be imposed on each flight segment in the passenger’s ticketed itinerary. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $18.00, depending on itinerary or September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 per round-trip. International fares do not include U.S. International Air Transportation tax of up to $29.00 and U.S. and foreign user, inspection, security or other similarly based charges, fees or taxes of up to $250, depending on itinerary. These taxes and fees are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is purchased. SkyMiles and Partner Offers: Bonus mile offer valid only for tickets purchased at delta.com, after you fly. All SkyMiles program rules apply to bonus offer. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/skymiles. Miscellaneous: Fares and rules are subject to change without notice. It is the responsibility of the passenger to be in possession of all necessary documentation (e.g. valid passport, visa where applicable) at the time of departure from origin. Delta reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without the proper documentation. Other restrictions may apply. ©2006 Delta Air Lines, Inc.
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