Delta Expands Airbus A220 Route Network to Include Newark

Jun 18, 2019

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Delta is taking delivery of new Airbus A220-100 jets as fast as it can, and it’s plugging the aircraft into a slew of new routes this summer. While its inaugural flight departed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the A220 will soon find its way to another New York-area gateway: Newark Liberty International Airport.

We reviewed the 109-passenger plane in both First Class and Comfort+ earlier this year and found it to be exceptional in both cabins. From the quiet ride to the top-shelf inflight entertainment system, it’s a significant upgrade from the regional birds that it replaces. Plus, the 2-2 seat layout up front and the 2-3 configuration for Comfort+ and Main Cabin mean fewer middle seats.

This week, the A220 began flying from Seattle, and Delta expects it on 74 daily flights at 10 airports this summer. The complete list of A220 flights, including new service to Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul from Newark, is below.

Route In-Service
Atlanta (ATL) to Salt Lake City (SLC) March 2, 2020
Boston (BOS) to Detroit (DTW) June 1, 2019
Boston (BOS) to New York (LGA) February 7, 2019
Boston (BOS) to Minneapolis (MSP) July 11, 2019
Denver (DEN) to Seattle (SEA) October 1, 2019
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Detroit (DTW) June 1, 2019
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to New York (JFK) July 26, 2019
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to New York (LGA) February 7, 2019
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Minneapolis (MSP) June 28, 2019
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Salt Lake City (SLC) June 1, 2019
Detroit (DTW) to Newark (EWR) June 1, 2019
Detroit (DTW) to New York (JFK) July 26, 2019
Detroit (DTW) to New York (LGA) June 1, 2019
Detroit (DTW) to Seattle (SEA) June 12, 2019
Newark (EWR) to Minneapolis (MSP) June 30, 2019
Fairbanks (FAI) to Seattle (SEA) October 1, 2019
Houston (IAH) to New York (LGA) June 1, 2019
Houston (IAH) to Minneapolis (MSP) July 4, 2019
Houston (IAH) to Salt Lake City (SLC) June 13, 2019
New York (JFK) to Boston (BOS) October 5, 2019
New York (JFK) to Salt Lake City (SLC) March 2, 2020
New York (LGA) to Minneapolis (MSP) August 29, 2019
New York (LGA) to New Orleans (MSY) August 31, 2019
New York (LGA) to Fort Myers (RSW) August 31, 2019
Minneapolis (MSP) to Salt Lake City (SLC) August 30, 2019
Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO) August 13, 2019
Seattle (SEA) to San Jose (SJC) June 13, 2019
Seattle (SEA) to Salt Lake City (SLC) August 31, 2019
San Francisco (SFO) to Salt Lake City (SLC) August 31, 2019
San Jose (SJC) to Salt Lake City (SLC) June 1, 2019
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Orange County (SNA) September 2, 2019

 

Delta A220-100 Highlights

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Business travelers will appreciate the added room in main cabin on the A220. (Photo by Darren Murph/The Points Guy)
  • 109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
  • State-of-the-art interior featuring Gogo 2Ku Wi-Fi, personal power ports at each seat and complimentary premium entertainment on individual seatback screens
  • The widest Main Cabin seats (18.6″) in Delta’s entire fleet
  • First Class seats, arranged in a 2-2 configuration, feature a width of 20.5″
  • High-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting

Customers flying in Delta Comfort+ on the A220 can expect a few other perks, like more legroom and dedicated overhead bin space, plus a much-preferred 2-3 seat configuration. Delta plans to add a total of 90 A220s to its aircraft fleet in the next four years.

Boosting Your SkyMiles Balance

If you’re looking to jump on one of the first A220 flights using SkyMiles, you’ll need to make sure you have a healthy balance to spend. There are a variety of ways to earn Delta miles, from Delta-operated flights to trips on SkyTeam airlines to various non-travel partners. However, one of the best ways to boost your SkyMiles balance to score a few free trips is by adding one of these cards to your arsenal:

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee; See Rates & Fees); 60,000-point welcome bonus after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first three months, though be sure to check the CardMatch Tool to see if you’re targeted for a 100,000-point welcome bonus (you can transfer Membership Rewards points directly to Delta SkyMiles) (Targeted offer subject to change at anytime). Terms apply.
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express ($595 annual fee; See Rates & Fees); Earn 125,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms apply.
  • Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express ($450 annual fee; ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020) See Rates & Fees); 40,000-mile welcome bonus plus 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. Terms apply.
  • Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card ($450 annual fee; ($550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020) (See Rates & Fees); 40,000-mile welcome bonus plus 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months. Terms apply.

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