Delta Is Bringing Its Newest Airplane to the West Coast

Mar 18, 2019

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Starting in late 2019, the current best airplane in regional flying will debut on Delta’s west coast route network. Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and Salt Lake City are all slated to be served by the new Airbus A220, which we thoroughly enjoyed in both first class and Comfort+ on inaugural flights between New York and Dallas–Fort Worth.

Update: After publishing, Delta removed the A220 listing from its Austin and Los Angeles routes. We’ve updated the official service market chart below.

Per Delta’s latest schedule update, here is the list of the carrier’s A220 routes that will roll out through early 2020 that shows the new west coast options:

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

 

The A220 will begin serving the ~1,240 mile route between Los Angeles (LAX) and Austin (AUS) on Dec. 21, 2019. One-way cash rates on one of the first flights range from $230 (basic economy) to $444 (first class).

You’ll pay more in SkyMiles to fly the A220 over the Airbus A319, but it may be worth it for that new plane aroma.

Los Angeles (LAX) to Seattle (SEA) also starts on Dec. 21, 2019, with cash rates ranging from $287 (economy) to $386 (first class).

 

Delta has yet to enable basic economy award tickets on this route yet, so SkyMiles pricing ranges from 18,000 (economy) to 25,500 (first class) for a one-way hop.

San Francisco (SFO) will receive a number of A220s, with birds flying from United’s mothership to both Salt Lake City (SLC) and Seattle (SEA).

The 599-mile journey from San Francisco to Salt Lake City is ringing up between $78 (basic economy) and $222 (first class).

SkyMiles pricing ranges from 5,000 (basic economy) to 13,500 (first class).

Slightly longer at ~639 miles, the one-way flight between San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA) ranges from $71 (basic economy) to $160 (first class).

If you’d prefer to part ways with SkyMiles, an early 2020 flight on this route will cost between 5,000 (basic economy) and 12,000 (first class).

The A220 isn’t new to aviation (airBaltic, Lufthansa Group and Korean Air have all accepted deliveries), but Delta is the first operator in North America to begin commercial service.

Delta A220-100 Highlights

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Business travelers will appreciate the added room in main cabin on the A220
  • 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, in a much-preferred 2-3 seat configuration.

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