Delta Air Lines will launch two new transatlantic routes from its two main Midwest hubs in summer 2016.
From May 26, Delta will operate daily service linking Minneapolis-St. Paul with Rome, as well as six weekly flights linking Detroit with Munich.
Delta will operate the new services in commercial conjunction with Air France, KLM and Alitalia, its partners in an antitrust-immunized transatlantic joint venture.
In all, Delta will offer five new routes across the Atlantic next summer: Detroit-Munich; Minneapolis-St. Paul-Rome; New York JFK-Edinburgh; Salt Lake City-London Heathrow; and Raleigh-Durham to Paris Charles de Gaulle.
“Our five new routes will complement our returning seasonal service for a full summer of transatlantic flying in 2016,” says Dwight James, Delta’s senior vice president – Trans-Atlantic. “Detroit to Munich is important for our corporate customers, while Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome is a strong addition to our existing hub service from Rome.”
Its Detroit-Munich route will represent Delta’s second daily service between the U.S. and Munich, as well as its second daily flight between Detroit and Germany.
Delta serves four destinations in Germany – Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart.
The carrier will operating its Detroit-Munich service with Boeing 767-400ER widebodies.
Delta’s Detroit-Munich schedule calls for flight DL23 to depart Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (IATA code DTW) at 9:55 p.m. six days a week from May 26 and reach Munich Airport (MUC) at 12:25 p.m. next day, local time.
In the other direction, flight DL22 will leave MUC at 12:30 p.m. six days a week from May 27 and touch down at DTW at 4:00 p.m. local time.
Rome will be Delta’s fifth long-haul international destination from Minneapolis-St. Paul and the new service will become Delta’s 10th peak-day flight between the U.S. and Italy in summer 2016.
Delta will operate its round-trips linking Minneapolis-St. Paul using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
Its schedule for the flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome will see flight DL90 push back from its gate at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) at 5:25 p.m. daily from May 26 and arrive at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) at 10:00 a.m.(next day) the following morning, local time.
The return flight, DL91, will vacate its gate at FCO at 11:45 a.m. daily from May 27 and land at MSP at 3:45 p.m. local time.