Delta to expand US-London service next summer

The US-based airline Delta Air Lines has announced that it will increase the frequency of its flight service to London next summer from its Detroit hub and Portland, Oregon.

Starting from 13 May 2019, Delta will offer a twice daily service – increased from a daily service – between London-Heathrow and Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport. Effective 09 May 2019, the airline service will operate daily service between London-Heathrow and Portland International Airport, up from four times weekly in summer 2018.

‘We hear from customers all over the U.S. that access to London is very important to them,’ said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President – Trans-Atlantic. ‘And Delta is happy to answer their needs by expanding additional choice through our Detroit hub with a second daily, and from the U.S. West Coast at Portland through daily service next summer.’

Delta Air Lines, a key player in the London-U.S. travel market, resumed the only nonstop services from Portland, Oregon, along with Salt Lake City, to London Heathrow in summer 2018. Earlier this year, Delta celebrated 10 years of service at London-Heathrow, marking growth from three daily flights to two US cities in 2008 to nine daily flights to seven cities presently.

The daily flight to Portland will depart Heathrow at 1230, arriving in the US city at 1513, and on return leave Portland at 1808, arriving London at 1205 the following day. The new second daily Detroit service will depart Heathrow at 1350, arriving at Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport at 1722; and on return will leave Detroit at 2233, arriving back into London at 1110 the following day. The first Detroit service will depart London Heathrow at 1035, arriving at Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport at 1358; and on return will leave Detroit at 1816, arriving back into London at 0640 the following day.

The expanded services to Detroit and Portland will be operated on a 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, with 35 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin, 32 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 143 seats in economy.

Tree-Lighting celebration at Partridge Creek, Detroit

The Mall at Partridge Creek, an open-air shopping mall in Clinton Township, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, has announced that it will be launching the holiday season in style with its two-day Tree-Lighting Celebration.

The mall is to make its tree-lighting celebration a weekend affair, and is to offer live music, apple cider and donuts, photos with Santa and more during the celebration from November 10 to November 11. The celebrations will commence with the lighting of thousands of lights, including a 42-foot tree.

This is the sixth year that Partridge Creek has hosted a tree-lighting festival, and as with previous years, it is expected to be a hit with shoppers. The festival is being extended to two days as the authorities are anticipating that this year will see the largest crowds to date.

Seok Chung, marketing and sponsorship director for The Mall at Partridge Creek, said, ‘Because of its popularity, we’re expanding the entire Tree Lighting experience to include the whole weekend. We’re kicking off the holiday season in a big way this year adding more music, free photos, magic and loads of fun for the entire family. Partridge Creek’s tree lighting ceremony has become a beloved community event in its sixth year at our shopping centre. We try to top ourselves each holiday shopping season by providing great music, exciting events and festive holiday surroundings. Our goal is to make shopping and dining at Partridge Creek a memorable experience for each and every patron.’

The authorities said that the festivities would start at 12:30pm local time on Saturday, November 10, and finish by around 8pm local time the next day. Santa Claus is scheduled to make his appearance at 7pm local time on Sunday. The event is being sponsored by Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, which will serve free apple cider and donuts near the Nordstrom Court, while supplies last. Children are to be given free light wands just before the lighting ceremony begins.