According to the carrier, when its New York-Reykjavik service begins Delta Air Lines will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Iceland nonstop from...

Delta Air Lines plans to launch daily nonstop service between New York and Reykjavik, Iceland on June 1, 2011, subject to approval from the Icelandic government.

According to the carrier, when its New York-Reykjavik service begins Delta Air Lines will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Iceland nonstop from the United States.

Delta will operate the service, between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Keflavik International Airport (KEF) near Reykjavik, using 170-seat Boeing 757-200s configured  with 15 seats in Delta’s BusinessElite class and 155 seats in Economy.

The flight will also operate direct from Delta’s hub in Minneapolis-St. Paul under the same flight number, with a stop at New York JFK.

Delta Air Lines plans to spend $1 billion on fleet-efficiency and customer-experience improvements from 2010 through mid-2013. The improvement programs will include installing blended winglets on more than 170 Boeing 767-300ERs, 757-200s and 737-800s to extend aircraft range and improve fuel efficiency by up to 5 per cent

Delta says its newest international destination from New York will be part of its ongoing investment in the New York market, adding to the more than 40 new destinations the airline has introduced from LaGuardia and JFK in the last four years.

In recent months, Delta has added new or expanded service between New York and Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; London Heathrow and Manchester, England; Shannon, Ireland; Stockholm, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Delta also has announced new domestic service from New York, including new and expanded service to Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis; Kansas City, Missouri; San Antonio; Cleveland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Orange County, California; Baltimore; Montreal and Toronto.

The airline says the new service does not affect Delta’s previously announced capacity guidance for 2011.

“Our new flight to Iceland is another milestone in our efforts to be the leading domestic and international carrier in New York,” says Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York. “We have always prided ourselves in offering a large number of unique destinations from our JFK hub to provide customers convenient access to growing but underserved global markets. The addition of Reykjavik also marks the first service in Iceland for SkyTeam, the leading global airline alliance that includes Delta, Air France-KLM, Alitalia and nine other airlines.”

The new Reykjavik flight will be operated as part of Delta’s trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia, which gives customers access to a seamless network of connections in North America and the European Union.

Delta’s New York-Iceland schedule calls for flight DL52 to leave JFK at 11:35 p.m. and arrive at KEF at 9:20 a.m. the following morning. In the other direction, flight DL51 is timed to depart KEF at 10:50 a.m. and land at JFK at 12:55 p.m. the same day. All times are local.

Tickets for the new service are already available for purchase from Delta, and the airline is making them available at other ticketing channels beginning Saturday, August 14.