Delta Moving Exclusively to Boeing 767-300ER on New York to Los Angeles Route
Starting this fall, you won't have to wonder which aircraft type will shuttle you between New York–JFK and Los Angeles when flying Delta. The airline confirmed with TPG that it will shift away from a multi-aircraft schedule to one that relies exclusively on Boeing's 767-300ER.
Specifically, Delta says that beginning in the fall, the airline will move "from a mixed fleet of 757s and 767s on JFK-LAX to a consistent 767-300ER aircraft type, differentiating Delta as the only carrier to offer wide-body service and direct aisle access in business class on every flight between New York and Los Angeles."
TPG's own Julian Mark Kheel reviewed Delta's 767-300ER between JFK and LAX earlier this year. He noted that "while the business-class cabin features lie-flat seats and all-aisle seat access, it’s a dated product that has seen better days."
Nevertheless, the move will likely be seen as an upgrade for those who frequent the route in Delta One, and even coach passengers have something to look forward to.
The 2-3-2 layout in the main cabin allows Delta to claim the fewest middle seats on the route as compared to rival airlines. To boot, Comfort+ and coach passengers will receive their choice of one of three complimentary meals, while Delta One customers are able to select their meals in advance and will soon see new Tumi amenity kits.
We've ranked every Delta Air Lines premium seat from best to worst, with the Thompson Vantage seat aboard the Boeing 767-300ER situated one spot above the transcontinental 757 seat. Unfortunately, the 767-300ER won't receive the same retrofit that's coming to Delta's fleet of 767-400ER jets.
Based on schedule searches on Delta.com, it appears that the 767-300ER switchover is planned for Nov. 4, 2019, when all 10 of Delta's nonstop flights from JFK to LAX are scheduled to be using that aircraft.