Delta Air Lines plans to launch nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Mexico City International Airport in mid-December, and will expand its...

Delta Air Lines plans to launch nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Mexico City International Airport in mid-December, subject to Mexican government approval.

If approved, the flight will mark the first nonstop service operated by any airline between the two cities, according to Delta.


Delta Air Lines is also extending its seasonal nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport to year-round service. Additionally, for winter 2010, Delta is expanding its nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and London Heathrow Airport from five days a week to daily service.

“Our new service to Mexico City marks an important expansion into Latin America from a major Midwestern hub, providing more travel opportunities to customers in Minneapolis-St. Paul,” says Bill Lentsch, Delta’s senior vice president of Minnesota operations.

In its merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines inherited a fleet of 11 Airbus A330-200 and 21 A330-300 widebodies, which it operates on transatlantic services from its U.S. hubs. Many of Delta's A330 flights operate from the former Northwest's hubs at Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This photograph shows an Airbus A330-300 on final approach

In addition to its planned Mexico City service, Delta offers nonstop seasonal flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and six Mexican cities: Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa and Cozumel. Delta also provides nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to three Caribbean destinations: Grand Cayman; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The new daily flight to Mexico City, which will begin on December 18, will be operated with 124-seat Airbus A319s equipped with 16 First class and 108 Economy seats.

“In addition, our Paris and London service this winter means more options for customers traveling between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Europe,” says Lentsch.

Delta will operate its year-round service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Paris will be operated with Boeing 767-300ERs, outfitted with 36 BusinessElite seats and 180 seats in Economy. Delta will operate its service to London Heathrow will be operated with Boeing 767-400ERs, featuring 40 full-flat BusinessElite seats and 205 seats in Economy.

The carrier’s schedule between Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX) calls for flight DL451 to depart MSP at 10:10 a.m. and arrive at MEX at 2:38 p.m. (All times are local.) The return flight, DL452, is timed to leave MEX at 3:28 p.m. and reach MSP at 7:13 p.m.

Delta’s daily flight between MSP and Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) will see flight DL220 leaving MSP at 3:40 p.m. to arrive at CDG at 7:25 a.m. the next day local time. On the way back, flight DL219 is timed to push back at CDG at 10:40 a.m. and reach MSP at 1:00 p.m. the same day, local time.

The airline’s winter MSP-London Heathrow (LHR) schedule plans for flight DL40 to depart MSP at 9:35 p.m. and reach LHR at noon the following day. The return flight, DL41, is timed to leave LHR at 2:25 p.m. and to arrive at MSP at 5:35 p.m. the same day, local time.

Delta currently operates more than 500 daily departures from its hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul to 135 destinations worldwide, including nonstop flights to 14 international destinations. The airline also maintains significant support facilities in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and employs more than 12,000 people in Minnesota.

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