Two regional airlines operating Delta Connection flights for Delta Air Lines will launch daily non-stop service next spring from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to five new destinations as part of the continued expansion of Delta’s West Coast hub.

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Through Delta Connection partner Compass Airlines, Delta Air Lines will launch twice-daily non-stop service from Los Angeles to San Antonio on April 7, 2015. Compass is also launching four-times-daily Delta Connection service from LAX to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, on November 3.

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Airbus is introducing new, larger, pivoting overhead bins as an optional fit for A320-family aircraft in the first quarter of 2016, with Delta Air Lines being the first customer. Also, with Zodiac Aerospace, Airbus is developing a new version of the integrated ‘Space-Flex’ A320 lavatory-and-galley module.

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Air New Zealand placed a firm order on June 2 for three Airbus A321neo, 10 A320neo and one additional A320ceo single-aisle jets. On the same day, Delta Air Lines placed a follow-on order for 15 more Airbus A321 current-engine option (ceo) jets to add to 30 it had previously ordered.

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Delta Air Lines will launch daily, year-round service from New York JFK to Zurich Airport and is planning to increase its service frequency from JFK to Rome. Delta and its joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia are also expanding service to Paris and Amsterdam from Atlanta.

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According to Delta, completion of the installations in all its international-service widebodies makes it the only U.S. carrier to offer flat-bed seats and direct aisle access in the business class cabins on all its overseas long-haul flights.

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Flight attendants will offer each Delta Air Lines long-haul Economy passenger a sleep kit, which will include eyeshades along with earplugs to help customers get better rest when traveling between continents.

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Now both Delta and strategic partner Virgin Atlantic Airways operate to and from the same terminals at both ends of the London Heathrow-New York JFK route, which is the world’s most important international business-travel market, according to Delta.

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Delta Air Lines is launching new services this summer linking Los Angeles International Airport with Austin in Texas and Boise in Idaho. The airline also plans to launch daily non-stop service linking LAX with San Salvador in El Salvador and Monterrey in Mexico.

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Delta Air Lines has announced long-expected changes to its SkyMiles loyalty program which will shift the earning of redeemable mileage points from the current model based on distance traveled to a new model based on ticket price. The change will become effective for travel on flights from January 1, 2015.

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The interior refurbishments by Delta Air Lines will provide power at every seat, add new slim-line seats with adjustable headrests, install updated lavatories, add more efficient galleys and additional features to improve passenger comfort.

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To acknowledge the DC-9’s retirement, the last Delta Air Lines DC-9 flight will be DL2014 from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Atlanta. Delta is using the DL2014 flight number in order to note the aircraft’s final year of service. The preceding flight operating from Detroit to Minneapolis/St. Paul will be flight DL1965, the aircraft’s initial year of service.

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Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson has told the airline’s employees that Delta will not allow voice calls to or from cellular or Internet-based phones onboard its mainline or regional aircraft during flight.

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Delta Air Lines has applied to add 18 daily non-stop flights to five destinations from Dallas Love Field in October 2014. Among other necessary pre-conditions, the Dallas Love Field expansion contemplated by Delta requires that full repeal of the Wright Amendment goes ahead as agreed by both Houses of Congress on September 29, 2006.

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Among the new services are year-round daily flights to Jacksonville in Florida and Richmond in Virginia. Delta Air Lines will also offer new service from Boston to Las Vegas.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will operate a new joint-venture schedule on transatlantic services to and from London Heathrow Airport from summer 2014, aligning their services and offering more flight choices for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Delta’s new service to SEA from San Francisco and increased service from Los Angeles will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines, with the exception of one daily mainline flight from Los Angeles. Delta’s increased Las Vegas-Seattle service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines.

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Boeing’s delivery of the aircraft on September 30 begins fulfillment of a 2011 Delta Air Lines order for 100 Boeing 737-900ERs, which the carrier placed in order to renew its fleet of single-aisle aircraft with more fuel-efficient jets.

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Delta Air Lines is selling for $199 a new travel option for SkyMiles loyalty-program members which provides access throughout a four-month promotional period to fee-based extras such as checked bags, priority boarding and seat selection for purchasers and others in their travel parties.

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