Delta Doubles Down on Boston: Bigger Sky Club and New Routes
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When Delta deems your local airport a “focus city,” watch out — the airline has shown time and time again that it’s willing to put in the effort to become a go-to carrier when it senses the market calling. As Delta has done in Seattle (SEA) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU), it’s planning to put yet another meaningful stake in the ground in Beantown. We aren’t saying this is necessarily aimed directly at JetBlue, but it’ll no doubt make JetBlue loyalists reconsider who the best carrier is for their needs.
Delta is expanding its Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) service with new multiple daily nonstop flights to four top markets from Boston: Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Newark-Liberty International (EWR) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) beginning Sept. 9, 2019, as well as Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on April 1, 2019.
Delta and partners will offer up to 152 daily departures from Logan with these additions, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to 2018. Additionally, in partnership with Massport, Delta plans to assume operations at all gates at Logan’s Terminal A by third-quarter 2019.
While American Airlines is focusing on its Flagship Lounges (not to mention bolstering its aircraft presence in Boston), Delta appears to be keen on making existing Sky Clubs larger. There’s no hero descriptor, but as it’s doing in Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington (DCA), Delta intends to expand the Boston A18 Sky Club by 2020 to include “new showers, expanded seating and a reimagined food and beverage area.”
In addition to new service, Delta is expanding with new daily frequencies from Boston to Indianapolis (IND), Jacksonville (JAX), Nashville (BNA), Philadelphia (PHL) and Pittsburgh (PIT). 2019 is shaping up to be a huge year for Delta in Boston, as it’ll also begin service to Lisbon (LIS) and Edinburgh (EDI), while partner KLM adds another Amsterdam (AMS) flight and Korean Air launches new nonstop service to Seoul (ICN).
Moreover, Boston is one of Delta’s launch markets for the Airbus A220, which will begin passenger service to New York (LGA) on Jan. 31, 2019. One area JetBlue still has firmly locked down? The best business class transcon service out of Boston.
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