Delta Air Lines and the Air France-KLM Group begin a sizable international-service expansion this week with new flights connecting Florida with London, Paris and Amsterdam.
On March 26, Delta Air Lines launches new daily nonstop service between Miami and London Heathrow Airport. On March 27, KLM begins operating new nonstop flights between Miami and its hub in Amsterdam four days a week.
Then, on June 11, Air France will inaugurate new, three-times-weekly nonstop service between Orlando and its Paris hub.
The airlines will operate the new Florida flights under transatlantic joint venture. This is an agreement which also includes Alitalia and which allows the partners to coordinate flights and share the costs and revenues of their transatlantic services. For customers, it means more choices for booking, destinations and schedules, additional opportunities to earn and redeem miles and consistent service regardless of which airline operates the flight, according to Delta Air Lines.
“The power of our successful joint venture allows Delta, Air France and KLM to embark on this significant international expansion in Florida, with new service connecting the state to these important European cities,” says Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – network planning, revenue management and marketing. “Our new nonstop service will provide an economic boost on both sides of the Atlantic.”
“The almost simultaneous launch of our new frequencies on departure from Paris-CDG and Amsterdam to Florida clearly shows that our coordinated operations enable the joint-venture airlines to provide our joint customers with a wide complementary offering at very competitive fares,” says Bruno Matheu, Air France-KLM ‘s executive vice president – network, revenue management and marketing.
“With Miami-Amsterdam, KLM is adding another nonstop service to the joint venture. This is the 20th transatlantic route from Amsterdam served by KLM and Delta Air Lines. With more than 250 daily trans-Atlantic flights and a fleet of more than 130 aircraft, this joint venture offers our customers a generous network with higher frequencies, attractive prices and tailored schedules for transatlantic travel,” says Erik Varwijk, Air France-KLM’s executive vice president – international and the Netherlands.
Delta Air Lines is operating its Miami-London Heathrow service with Boeing 767-300ERs. Its daily flight is timed to depart Miami International Airport (MIA) at 6:30 p.m. and land at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 8:30 a.m. the next day, local time. In the other direction, Delta’s flight is scheduled to push back from the gate at LHR’s Terminal 4 at 9:40 a.m. and to reach MIA at 3:05 p.m. local time.
KLM is operating its new Miami -Amsterdam service with McDonnell Douglas MD-11s, giving U.S. passengers a rare chance to fly the type, which both Delta and American Airlines used to operate. (Most MD-11s have now been converted to freighters and KLM is one of very few airlines still operating the MD-11 in passenger service, despite the fact that the MD-11 is generally well-liked by passengers.)
The KLM Miami-Amsterdam flight is scheduled to begin taxiing at MIA at 9:30 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and to land at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) at 12:20 p.m. the next day, local time. In the other direction, KLM’s Amsterdam-Miami flight is timed to leave AMS at 3:10 p.m. local time on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and touch down at MIA at 7:10 p.m. local time
From June 11, Air France’s new Orlando-Paris-Charles de Gaulle service – which the carrier will fly with Boeing 777-300ERs – will depart Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) at 11:10 a.m. the next day, local time. In the other direction, Air France’s flight is timed to push back fro mthe gate at CDG’s Terminal 2 at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and get to MIA at 5:05 p.m. local time.
In conjunction with its new service between Miami and London, Delta is also adding new nonstop service between Miami and Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. Those flights, operated by Delta Connection carrier Comair, begin on March 26 and Delta says they will provide convenient connecting service for Florida customers traveling to London Heathrow.
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