Delta Airline has announced that it would restore more flights across the Atlantic in this 2020 winter and summer 2021, as it works towards resumption of flights operations.
The Airline said it was making effort to restart services in line with the lifting of travel restrictions, potential vaccine availability and the gradual return of demand, saying that customers will see more trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights to top business and leisure destinations for the winter 2020 to 2021 and summer 2021 seasons. While the airline expected pre-COVID level recovery for international flying to continue to lag U.S. domestic, it said it planned to add over 50 transoceanic flights next summer, compared to the summer 2020 schedule.
Delta said it will focus its strengths in its core markets and with the support of its partners, offer customers a wide array of onward connections.
Senior Vice President, Network Planning, Joe Esposito, said: “While significant hurdles remain in the global fight against the pandemic, we are ready to connect customers to the people, places, opportunities and experiences they’re longing for.
“Customers flying internationally can look forward to a modernised fleet featuring our latest cabin products and a travel experience that prioritises their health and the health of our employees from check-in to baggage claim.”
“As customers consider future travel, whether international or domestic, Delta’s multi-layered approach to their health and safety ensures peace of mind throughout the travel journey,” he added.
Delta’s partners have also introduced measures to ensure that customers enjoy a hassle-free, seamless and safe experience from start to finish, with regular updates posted on their websites as service returns.
Continuing, he said Delta will operate the adjusted schedule with a more efficient, upgraded fleet of Airbus A350-900 aircraft, A330-900 aircraft and refurbished Boeing 767s, following the retirement of its Boeing 777 aircraft by the end of October 2020.
According to Esposito, customers can also enjoy greater flexibility in case their plans change, as Delta had extended its change-fee waiver for new flights purchased through September 30, 2020.
He disclosed that Delta’s schedule remains subject to change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, customer demand, government travel regulations and federal health guidelines. “Specific restart dates may vary for previously suspended routes due to travel restrictions and other operational requirements. Delta will make decisions about resuming additional service on other routes at a later date,” he announced.