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Earlier this year, Delta Air Lines began shuttling passengers from its home turf in Atlanta (ATL) to Portugal’s capital and largest city, Lisbon (LIS). Hopefully you managed to fly that route, as it’ll be a distant memory come summer 2019. It’s unclear if Delta is swapping ATL to LIS for BOS to LIS, but next summer the airline will make two parallel moves: It’ll add nonstop Lisbon service from Boston (BOS) while eliminating nonstop service from Atlanta (ATL).
The nonstop, daily transatlantic route will join Delta’s year-round service between Lisbon (LIS) and New York (JFK). The roughly 3,200 mile jaunt between one of North America’s most easterly airports and Europe’s most westerly will operate between May 23 and Sept. 9 via the schedule below, enabling all sorts of spectacular summer escapades from Memorial Day to Labor Day:
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) 9:45pm Departure ⇒ Lisbon Airport (LIS) 9:15am (+1) Arrival
- Lisbon Airport (LIS) 10:45am Departure ⇒ Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) 1:15pm Arrival
Delta will join two other airlines offering nonstop, year-round service between Boston and Lisbon: Azores Airlines and TAP Air Portugal. The on board Delta experience will be on Boeing 757 aircraft equipped with 20 seats in Delta Premium Select, 29 seats Delta Comfort+ and 150 seats in the Main Cabin. The on board experience includes access to Wi-Fi, free personal inflight seatback entertainment screens and power ports in every seat.
If you’re reading that and wondering where the first or business class option is, you aren’t crazy. The BOS to LIS route joins a handful of other Delta flights to Europe (JFK to KEF, JFK to SNN and JFK to PDL) that are operated on domestically configured aircraft. As there’s no lie-flat seating, Delta sells what it would call first on a domestic route (say, DTW to FLL) as Premium Select to Europe.
The new nonstop is the eighth international destination from Boston served by Delta and its partners. Of note, Delta proclaims itself “Boston’s Number 1 global airline” in the announcement, while also calling it out as a “focus city.” Focus cities are particularly useful for award hounds, as Delta tends to add unique routes from these airports, which can be overlooked by business travelers. That opens up the potential for great award availability, as we’ve seen on routes from another of its focus cities, Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
Roberto Ioriatti, vice president – transatlantic, had this to say about the new addition: “Delta has significantly grown Boston’s direct access to the world in the past five years, including popular tourism destinations like Dublin and now Lisbon, as well as flights to major international hubs offering onward travel to hundreds more destinations.” Charlie Schewe, director – New England sales, added: “Greater Boston has a large Portuguese community and this new service will provide a valuable link for residents on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Later this month, Delta will mark its 50th and 51st nonstop destinations from Boston to Las Vegas and Philadelphia, respectively.
In other European Delta news, the carrier is bolstering links to London-Heathrow (LHR) next summer through expanded service from Detroit (DTW) and Portland (PDX). During summer 2019, Delta will offer expanded twice daily service to London-Heathrow and Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport and daily service between London-Heathrow and Portland International Airport, up from three-to-four times weekly.
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