US Department of Transportation and the European Commission granted (10-Nov-2010) Delta Air Lines' request to operate new daily services between London Heathrow and Boston and Miami International Airports. The services will be launched on 27-Mar-2011 with final flight schedules and fares to be announced within the next week. The new routes will be operated within the scope of Delta's trans-Atlantic JV with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. They will bring to four the number of trans-Atlantic routes operated by the JV partner airlines from Boston and to five the number of routes offered from Miami. Delta applied for the rights to serve Boston and Miami from Heathrow earlier this year as part of a divestiture of slots required following the US and EU governments' approval of an immunised alliance between American Airlines and British Airways. Delta argued its proposed new Heathrow service would bring the most benefit to consumers because its global alliance – SkyTeam – holds the smallest percentage of slots at Heathrow. [more]
Delta Air Lines: "Delta appreciates the efforts of the US Department of Transportation and the European Commission to expand competition between the US and Heathrow by making slots available for new entrants on these routes," Glen Hauenstein, Executive VP Network Planning, Revenue Management and Marketing. Source: Company Statement, 10-Nov-2010.