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Wed, 8 June 2016

Delta to Launch Flights Between New York-JFK and Glasgow, Scotland

Delta Air Lines has confirmed that it will launch flights between New York and Glasgow, Scotland.

The flights, which will begin on 25 May 2017, will be the only nonstop fight between New York-JFK and Glasgow and will operate daily throughout the summer.

 The flights will be operated in conjunction with Delta partner Virgin Atlantic Airways and adds to Virgin's seasonal service from Orlando to Glasgow.

"As a core component of our global strategy, we are eager to build our network across the U.K. and offer more nonstop services from New York," said Henry Kuykendall, Delta's Vice President New York. "With this flight, Delta will operate to four airports in Scotland and England, offering both our business and leisure customers more choices when visiting the U.K."

Delta's Glasgow service will be operated using a 164-seat Boeing 757-200ER. All flights will be equipped with Wi-Fi, allowing customers to stay connected at 30,000 feet, in addition to complimentary on-demand inflight entertainment in all cabins. Movies and TV shows can also be downloaded to tablet and laptop devices.

Flight DL466 will depart New York-JFK at 23:45 to arrive in Glasgow at 11:25 the following day.

Flight DL266 will depart Glasgow at 13:00 to arrive back in New York-JFK at 15:40.

"The arrival of Delta Air Lines in Glasgow is fantastic news for Scotland, and we really cannot underestimate the significance of this announcement, especially since it comes just as Glasgow Airport is about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its official opening," said Amanda McMillan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports Ltd and Managing Director of Glasgow Airport. "Routes such as this enable Scotland to maintain and increase its global competitiveness. Not only will it play a major role in supporting our growing tourism industry, it will also provide Scottish businesses with yet another direct link to the world's largest economy. New York is an iconic city for which there is huge demand, and passengers will be able to take advantage of Delta's extensive route network through its hub at New York-JFK."

The United States is the number one inbound tourism market to Scotland, with nearly half a million visitors in 2014 an increase of 100,000 compared to the previous year. Scottish Government data also reports that overall tourism expenditure in the country stood around 9.7 billion in 2014.

"This announcement is a fantastic endorsement by one of the world's biggest airlines for Scotland and the important growth opportunity that is Scottish tourism, coming, as it does, hard on the heels of the commencement of Delta's new Edinburgh-JFK service," said Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland. "Our strategy sees us working closely in partnership with airlines like Delta to develop and promote direct air connectivity to Scotland. This new service to Glasgow will be well timed to exploit the increased interest in Scotland and Scots heritage stimulated by the highly successful Outlander TV series and our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017." 

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