Delta Air Lines plans to add more flights between New York City and key global business markets this year, with nearly 30 cities slated...

Delta Air Lines plans to add more flights between New York City and key global business markets this year, with nearly 30 cities slated for new or expanded service by fall.

International routes that will see new or expanded service include flights from New York JFK to London Heathrow; Brussels; Shannon; Manchester; Amsterdam; Cairo; Istanbul; Milan; Moscow; Nice; and Athens. This expanded service is in addition to previously announced new service to Copenhagen and Stockholm and expanded capacity to Tel Aviv and Tokyo-Narita.

On U.S. domestic routes and routes to Canada, Delta Air Lines will add flights from New York LaGuardia to Nashville, St. Louis, Norfolk, Richmond and Kansas City; and New York JFK to San Antonio, Cleveland, Montreal, Charlotte, Toronto, Baltimore and Richmond. All these new flights will be in addition to the previously announced introduction of Delta Shuttle service between New York LaGuardia and Chicago O’Hare.

“We continue to see corporate travel demand improve across our network, particularly in New York,” says Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president — New York. “With the economy rebounding, our New York customers can look forward to an expansion of flights to both domestic and international destinations throughout the remainder of 2010 as we respond to increased demand.”

Delta Air Lines is now featuring fully lie-flat beds in the BusinessElite-class cabins of its long-haul aircraft, including a dedicated Boeing 767-400ER with which the airline is adding a third daily flight between New York JFK and London Heathrow

The airline says the expanded service is part of its continuing effort to become the preferred airline in New York City. During the past four years, Delta has added 40 new destinations from LaGuardia and JFK combined, expanded BusinessElite service to transcontinental flights from JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco and reintroduced “Red Coats” as customer service ambassadors at LaGuardia and JFK.

International expansion from New York

From September 19, Delta will offer an additional daily flight between New York JFK and London Heathrow, expanding its service in the world’s leading business market to three times daily on a year-round basis.

The new London-Heathrow flight will be operated by a dedicated Boeing 767-400ER featuring Delta’s new full-flat beds in the BusinessElite cabin. The service is scheduled to complement existing flight times between New York and Heathrow. Delta’s new flight will depart JFK at 11:05 p.m., complementing existing departures at 6:45 and 9 p.m. The added departure from Heathrow will operate at 12:30 p.m., complementing existing departures at 10:05 a.m. and 5:05 p.m.

Delta also is increasing the capacity or frequency of flights in select markets beginning this spring and summer.

For more on Delta’s expansion in New York, see Page 2

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