Delta Announces Auckland Flight and Other New Routes

by Anthony Losanno
Delta A350

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Delta is launching a flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) starting on October 28th. The flight will operate the 6,504-mile nonstop route daily.


These flights will be flown on Delta’s Airbus A350. Not the one featuring the Delta One suites, but one of the planes acquired from LATAM. These feature business and economy class seats with no Premium Select cabin. There are 339 seats total split between 30 lie-flat seats (in a 2-2-2 configuration), 63 Comfort+ seats, and 246 in economy. Luckily, the 13-hour-plus flights will offer Wi-Fi, power outlets, and seatback entertainment across cabins.

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Delta will also begin to offer a third flight from New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). This will begin on May 25th to capitalize on summer travel and will be flown on a 767-400 with 34 Delta One seats, 20 in Premium Select, 28 Comfort+, and 156 in economy.

In addition to increasing the frequency to Paris, Delta is also launching the following new routes:

  • Daily service from Atlanta (ATL) to Nice, France (NCE) starting on May 12th (using a 767)
  • Increased frequency from Atlanta (ATL) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), which goes to daily flights starting on April 16th (also using a 767)
  • New flights from New York (JFK) to Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) (starting April 10th), London-Gatwick, UK (LGW) (starting April 10th), and Berlin, Germany (BER) (starting May 25th), as well as a third daily flight to Rome, Italy (FCO) (starting May 25th).

Anthony’s Take: It’s always exciting to see new routes and expanded options with increases in nonstop frequency. These new routes will offer more choices this summer and allow more passengers to experience a European holiday as well as a chance to check out New Zealand (which is high on my list) this fall.

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