Apr 30, 2013
REYKJAVIK, 30 April 2013 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) seasonal nonstop service between Keflavik International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport will recommence on June 3, 2013.
The flight will operate up to six times weekly throughout the peak summer season using a Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 170 seats in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partner Air France KLM. When service resumes, Delta will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Iceland nonstop from the United States.
“The nonstop service increases passenger choice for Icelanders travelling to the USA, and brings thousands of U.S. tourists to Iceland in the summer, helping to boost the local economy,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Iceland is a favourite summertime destination for U.S. holidaymakers and there was strong demand for our services to and from the Icelandic capital last year.”
In 2012, Delta carried a total of 20,671 passengers between Iceland and the U.S. on its summer service, with an average load factor of 89% on the route.
Delta’s flight from Keflavik features 15 seats in BusinessElite. The aircraft is also equipped with Economy Comfort, Delta’s premium economy cabin product. Customers flying in Economy Comfort benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard Economy class seat, as well as priority boarding.
Delta is making a number of significant investments in its products and services to improve its customers experience on the ground and in the air. These include Delta’s state-of-the-art, $1.4bn Terminal 4 at New York-JFK that will open on 24 May. Customers flying between Iceland and New York-JFK this summer will benefit from a greatly enhanced airport experience on arrival and departure at the airport. One of the largest terminals in North America, Terminal 4 offers travelers a spacious environment with a wide variety of shopping and dining options. For BusinessElite customers, the Delta Sky Club at Terminal 4 features a Sky Deck – an outdoor airport terrace offering unprecedented runway views.
"The Icelandic travel industry welcomes increased supply and seating capacity of flights between North America and Iceland. This will have the positive effect of increasing the number of American tourists visiting Iceland." said Ms Erna Hauksdottir, CEO of The Icelandic Travel Industry Association.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.