Delta Air Lines Eyes Airbus A350 Flights To Lima

  • Delta A350

    Delta Air Lines

    IATA / ICAO Code:
    DL / DAL

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub (s):
    Boston Logan International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1929

    Alliance:
    SkyTeam

    CEO:
    Ed Bastian

    Country:
    United States

Following yesterday’s announcement that the US Department of Transportation (DoT) has approved Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group’s South American joint venture, the legacy carrier has unveiled plans to increase capacity on its Atlanta-Lima route starting next year.


Peruvian expansion

From February 16, 2023, Delta will replace the current Boeing 767-300ERs operating on the route with the recently added ex-LATAM Airbus A350-900.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport has proven to be a lucrative and popular route for Delta, carrying almost 100,000 passengers in 2021. However, as demand increases post-pandemic, Delta is expanding capacity alongside it.

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Nine of the carrier’s flagship A350s are currently configured in LATAM’s two-class configuration, with an added Delta flair, offering 339 seats comprised of 30 Delta One, 63 Comfort +, and 246 standard economy seats. The implementation of the A350 will up capacity on the route by 50%.

The ex-LATAM Airbus A350-900s retain the original carrier’s two-class configuration, with a refresh into Delta’s colors. Plans are in place to have the jets eventually retrofitted with Delta’s full cabin interior. Photo: Airbus

DL151 and DL150 will operate daily, with DL151 departing from Atlanta at 22:35 EST to arrive in Lima at 5:30 PET. DL150 will return the same morning at 9:00 PET, arriving back in Atlanta at 15:25 EST.

Atlanta-Lima will be the shortest international flight operated with an Airbus A350 for Delta, covering just 3,177 NM, 800 NM shorter than Delta’s Atlanta-Dublin service.

As passenger traffic between North and South America recovers to 2019 levels, carriers are moving to increase frequencies and open new routes between the continents.

The announcement closely follows American Airlines’ decision to increase capacity on its Miami-Lima service starting in November, after the discontinuation of its Dallas flights. American Airlines will operate three daily services from Miami International Airport utilizing its 196-seat Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Delta’s South American partner, LATAM, is also set to bolster connectivity between Lima and Los Angeles International Airport through the addition of three weekly flights to compliment its twice-daily 767-300ER service.

On Friday, the Department of Transport approved LATAM and Delta’s joint venture agreement, set to improve connectivity between North and South America. Photo: Vincenzo Pace / Simple Flying

A new partnership

Earlier this week, Delta and LATAM’s joint venture agreement was approved by the DoT, opening up over 300 destinations across the American continents for passengers of both carriers.

The airlines first entered into a partnership in 2019 following LATAM’s withdrawal from oneworld and the end of its alliance with American Airlines. In 2020, the pair introduced a new codeshare agreement across South America, eventually expanding to offer over 20 routes between South America and the United States. The newly approved joint venture is set to deepen that cooperation further, adding new routes, improved connections, and strengthening its current codeshare agreements.

“Delta’s partnership with LATAM will help grow the market between North and South America and provide significant and much-needed benefits for customers, and we applaud the DOT for this final approval,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer. “Now, we’ll get to work with LATAM to transform the travel experience for our collective customers and create new opportunities for our employees.”

The joint venture agreement is to be implemented within the next six months.

What are your thoughts on Delta launching the A350 on its Lima route? Have you had a chance to fly on one of the ex-LATAM jets yet? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: The Points Guy, Aviaconline

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