Delta Air Lines will restart flights between Sydney and Los Angeles in July, and there'll be a little extra elbow room on the 13-hour journey.
The SkyTeam member and Virgin Australia partner says it has "committed to capping cabin seating at 60 percent in Main Cabin (economy) ... and blocking middle seats through September 30, 2020.
Business class passengers will of course be able to cocoon themselves in one of 28 Delta One suites, which offer not only a fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every passenger, but a sliding privacy door to add to that feeling of isolation.
Delta suspended its daily LA-Sydney service on March 18 as the extent of the coronavirus pandemic became clear, but beginning July 1 it will return three times a week, departing Los Angeles on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday across July.
Delta's schedule shows an ambitious return to a daily frequency as of August 1, with a spokeswoman for the airline telling Executive Traveller "that is accurate as of now but as always could change" due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, customer demand, government travel regulations and health guidelines.
The trans-Pacific trek will be flown by a Boeing 777-200LR jet, although this will be replaced by the more modern and fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900 by year's end as the Boeing 777s are retired.
Delta will join United Airlines, which still maintains a daily Sydney-San Francisco service, in offering the only passenger flights between Australia and the USA.
Qantas overnight suspended all international flights, bar those to New Zealand, until October 24, while Virgin Australia is unlikely to resume its flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles when the airline flies out of administration under new ownership later this year.