Delta adding new long-haul service to Stockholm
Delta Air Lines continues to beef up its transatlantic flight schedule with the announcement of a new daily long-haul route from New York City to Stockholm, Sweden. The flight from Kennedy Airport (JFK) to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport (ARN) will debut June 1 and will be offered through the fall.
The news of a new Delta overseas route comes as the carrier reduced routes to some smaller U.S. destinations and dropped three cities from its flight network.
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In a statement to TPG, a Delta spokesperson confirmed the new route to its summer 2022 network:
"We’re focused on bringing back the routes and destinations our customers love. Customers planning next summer’s European vacation will discover more routes, premium seats and destinations in 2022. This will include daily service to Stockholm from New York-JFK starting June 1, 2022 with Boeing 767-300 aircraft."
Here is the daily schedule for the new flight once it debuts June 1st.
Departure - Leaves JFK at 7:30pm, lands at ARN at 9:30am (next day)
Return - Leaves ARN at 11:30am, lands at JFK at 2:10pm (all times local)
Related: Delta boosts transatlantic service as part of its post-pandemic recovery
This actually marks the return of a route Delta used to operate regularly until 2017. Since then, the airline has offered seasonal flights between NYC and Stockholm, using a 757 with lie-flat business class seats.
For the new daily service, a reconfigured 216-seat Boeing 767-300ER will be used. The wide-body jet has these different cabin classes:
- Delta One business class (1-2-1 layout) - 26 lie-flat seats
- Premium Economy (2-2-2 layout) - 18 seats (sold as Premium Select)
- Economy (extra legroom, 2-3-2 layout) - 21 seats
- Standard Economy (2-3-2 layout) - 151 seats
Every passenger will have access on-demand entertainment via seatback screens, WiFi as well as USB and power outlets.
As TPG has reported before, Europe is a major priority for Delta as it looks to rebuild its business after the pandemic essentially grounded commercial air travel for nearly two years. Including the new Stockholm route and others in Africa and the Middle East, Delta will offer more than two dozen transatlantic routes in the summer of 2022. The airline will have as many as 30 flights to Europe departing each day from Kennedy Airport.
The European market has traditionally been a Delta stronghold, and adding these flights shows the carrier is confident that demand for overseas travel will continue to grow.
Delta is far from the only airline shoring up its transatlantic plans, however. Finnair is launching daily service between JFK-ARN as well. United will have daily flights to ARN taking off from Newark Liberty Airport (EWR).
Additional reporting by Zach Griff and Clint Henderson.
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