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Delta Air Lines To Pull Los Angeles-London Heathrow Route From May

by Staff

Summary

  • Delta Air Lines suspending service from Los Angeles to London in May.
  • As its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic continues, it is increasing capacity on flights to London from Atlanta.
  • Delta also plans for new A350 service to Brisbane from Los Angeles starting in December.



Delta Air Lines will suspend its service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and London Heathrow (LHR) effective May 6th. The 10-hour flight has been operated by an Airbus A330-900neo.

For passengers wishing to fly on Delta between LAX and LHR, they will need to book a connecting flight through one of the airline’s other hubs in Boston (BOS), Seattle (SEA), Detroit (DTW), Salt Lake City (SLC), Minneapolis (MSP) or New York (JFK).

Delta told Simple Flying that it would continue the LAX-LHR service through its joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic, which operates twice daily service, using the A350-1000. The airline added that its A330neos would be reallocated to its hub at ATL, beginning an additional ATL-LHR flight.


Joint venture with Virgin

Virgin and Delta formed a joint venture in 2012, and today, Delta maintains 49% ownership of Virgin. The two carriers serve several US destinations, including service between JFK and London Gatwick (LGW), which was launched in April 2023.


Photo: Virgin Atlantic

Both airlines have announced a record number of US-London Heathrow flights this upcoming summer. While Virgin will be operating the majority of flights from the US this summer, Delta said it is planning a record-breaking number of transatlantic flights.

Delta also has a joint venture with Aeromexico, which has come under regulator scrutiny the past year. Both of its ventures with Virgin and Aeromexico are thanks to the “Open Skies” agreement, which began in 1995.

More capacity

With the additional flight offered thanks to the discontinuation of the service from LAX, Delta’s ATL-LHR service will see 51 more flights in May 2024 than it did in May 2023, according to Cirium data. In 2023, the airline operated ATL-LHR four times daily using the Boeing 767-400ER exclusively.


While the stretched version of the 767 will still account for the majority of flights in May 2024, the airline has added both the A330-300 and A330-900neo to the route. The new equipment will mean an increase in capacity of 14,851 seats in May 2024 compared to the previous year.

The airline also added that it was changing its schedules to fit the current demand environment. Besides Delta, the LAX-LHR route is additionally operated by British Airways, United Airlines, and American Airlines.

N539US Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-251 (3) (1) 2-1

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

While its LAX-LHR route will end in December 2024, Delta will start operating its A350 three times weekly to Brisbane (BNE). That route will compete with an American’s service from Dallas (DFW) to BNE beginning in October.


After the discontinuation of the LAX-LHR route, Delta will continue to operate more than 150 daily flights to 59 destinations from LAX, including Auckland (AKL), Paris (CDG), and Tokyo (HND). The airline also recently requested waivers to resume routes to Cuba and China.

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