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Delta Air Lines Applies for More London Heathrow Flights

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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 aircraft.

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