Delta Air Lines has filed applications with the
European Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation
requesting permission to operate twice-daily year-round service
between London's Heathrow Airport and Boston, and daily year-round
service between Heathrow and Miami.
"Delta's new service would provide
more choices and competition for customers traveling between these
important U.S. cities and London, one of the most popular
destinations in Europe for both business and leisure travelers,"
said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president – Network
Planning and Revenue Management. "Awarding these slots to Delta
and SkyTeam would significantly enhance competition among the
major alliances across the Atlantic."
The slots for the new
service are available following the
U.S. and E.U. governments'
approval of an immunized trans-Atlantic alliance between American
Airlines and British Airways. The government required the airlines
to divest some Heathrow slots in order to enhance competition in
the most tightly restricted markets.
If approved, Delta's
Heathrow service from Boston and Miami would begin 27 March 2011,
and would be offered in cooperation with its trans-Atlantic joint
venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia.
Delta, the second-largest carrier in
Boston with 75 peak-day departures to 17 cities, would operate two
flights daily to Heathrow, using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft
equipped with 36 seats in BusinessElite.
If approved, Delta would
operate one daily flight on the route using Boeing 767-300
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