Delta Air Lines, a US-based airline, is expanding its daily service between Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, in Atlanta, US, and London Heathrow Airport in the UK.
The airline, which already flies two daily flights on the route, will be adding the additional flight from March 31, 2013.
The new service will also include access to in-flight Internet services for passengers. The airline will be installing Wi-Fi on its fleet of around 150 international aircraft, and claims to be the only airline offering online access on flights between the UK and the US.
Perry Cantarutti, the airline senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said, ‘In just five years, we will have gone from no Heathrow flights to nine daily non-stop services to five US cities. We are also responding to customer demand for more comfort and convenience and the roll-out of our in-flight Wi-Fi from the UK means business customers in particular can stay connected throughout their journey, or simply relax and enjoy a full flat-bed seat.’
The route between London and Atlanta is often used by British passengers to fly to connected destinations of Orlando, Tampa, Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Miami, in the US.
The airline has also opened its 360° Lounge in London, located within the Millennium and Copthorne Hotel. The lounge will be used exclusively by the airline on Chelsea FC match days as part of its sponsorship of the club, and will be open to hotel guests and the public at other times. Delta is also the football club’s Official Airline Partner.
Cantarutti said, ‘This is our first commercial sponsorship of a Premier League side. London is now home-from-home for Delta and, thanks to our partnership with Chelsea FC, our brand is reaching thousands more customers every day.’