Delta is boosting Sydney-LAX to ten flights each week

Despite the loss of longtime partner Virgin Australia, Delta is going all-in with its sole US-Australia route.

By Matt Lennon, April 4 2022
Delta is boosting Sydney-LAX to ten flights each week

Soaring demand between Australia and the United States is driving Delta Air Lines to mount a confident ten Sydney-Los Angeles flights per week by the end of this year.

Despite local partner Virgin Australia switching its alliance to rival United Airlines, the Atlanta-based carrier will go beyond its daily DL40 service from 16 December this year.

Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday will see the newly-minted flight DL42 leave Sydney at 2:15pm – compared to the 11:20am departure of DL40 – to reach the City of Angels at 9am, ready for travellers to put in a full day or catch a connecting flight on the SkyTeam member's extensive domestic US network.

Both flights will feature Delta's flagship Airbus A350-900, where the Delta One Suites in business class offer not only fully flat beds and direct aisle access for every passenger, but also a closing privacy door to help maximise rest on those transpacific treks.

Premium economy, branded as Delta Premium Select, also appears on the A350s, providing a comfortable reclining seat with a sturdy leg-rest, ample legroom, high-definition seat-back entertainment and more, as well as complimentary inflight messaging via Delta WiFi.

As previously reported, despite the Virgin-Delta breakup, some benefits for Velocity Frequent Flyers will continue to be available on Delta Air Lines flights until mid-June.

These include earning Velocity points and status credits, and using Velocity points to book a reward seat on a future Delta flight through to June 12, under what a Delta spokeswoman described to Executive Traveller as “part of a transition period agreed between DL and VA.”

Obviously making money, so why not keep going?

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I'm wondering if Rex will jump in and try to partner with them for some benefits. Can't do any harm, even if they don't have a FF program yet, it would give them some extra flow on transit traffic.

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Anything to add a little angst to Rex's 2 largest competitors, what's the downside?

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With Delta gone, and United in - I wonder if this is a step towards Virgin becoming a Star Alliance member? And, if so - what would Air NZ think of this now that it's in bed with Qantas. 

What's clear though is that Virgin Atlantic (partially owned by Delta) and Virgin Australia have never been less in synch. I say this because I always assumed the 2 Virgin airlines would eventually join Skyteam under Delta's sponsorship. 

Delta with better aircraft & lower fares than Qantas. Why would anyone fly Qantas ?


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