Delta Air Lines is launching three new international routes to Cape Town, Tahiti and Tel Aviv.
Both the Atlanta to Cape Town and Los Angeles to Tahiti routes have never been flown by Delta before.
The news comes as airlines continue to expand their international networks after the pandemic.
Starting this winter, Delta Air Lines is launching three all-new international routes, including two that have never been operated by the airline before.
On Friday mainline giant Delta announced the addition of three international routes to its network – Cape Town, Tahiti and Tel Aviv.
“Providing our customers new and complementary access to these international cultural powerhouses is central to our unwavering commitment to connecting the world,” said Joe Esposito, SVP of Network Planning at Delta, in a press release.
Flights to Cape Town will depart from Atlanta, while flights to Tahiti will depart from Los Angeles, both from December 17. Delta already flies 10 weekly flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, but does not currently fly to Tahiti.
According to the airline, the expansion marks Delta’s first flight between the two city pairs. United Airlines also recently announced a never-before-flown route between Washington, DC and Cape Town, scheduled to begin service with Delta on Nov. 17 a month before Delta.
Delta’s Route to Cape Town coming soon after the airline received approval to fly a triangular route between Atlanta, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Instead of flying to Cape Town via Johannesburg, the airline now has non-stop options to both from Atlanta, according to The Points Guy.
In addition to Cape Town and Tahiti, Delta will launch a new route between Atlanta and Tel Aviv in May, bringing the airline’s total number of weekly flights to the Israeli city to 13. The last time Delta flew this route was in 2011.
As Delta expands its Tel Aviv service, rival American Airlines recently announced a planned route from Dallas/Fort Worth cancelled due to weak demand.
Delta’s international expansion follows the airline’s slow progress in returning to overseas destinations after the pandemic, such as Copenhagen, Seoul, Prague and Tokyo.
The carrier too announced on Friday announced the opening of an all-new 9,332-square-foot SkyClub lounge at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, making Delta the only U.S. carrier to have an airport lounge. While the move is good for premium customers, Japan still is closed to independent touristsalthough those on guided tours can visit.
Here are the full details of Delta’s new international service.
Between Atlanta and Cape Town
The three-week service will start on December 17 and will be operated on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Delta will have no competition on the non-stop route.
Between Los Angeles and Tahiti
The three-weekly service will start on December 17 and will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Delta will have no competition on the non-stop route. Delta will compete on the route with Air Tahiti Nui and SkyTeam alliance member Air France.
Between Atlanta and Tel Aviv
The three-weekly service will be launched on May 10, 2023 and will be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The first westbound flight to Atlanta will begin on May 8. Delta will have no competition on the non-stop route. Delta will have no competition on the non-stop route.
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