Where to fly Delta’s best short-haul jet, the A220

Nov 29, 2019

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Since Delta began flying the Airbus A220 earlier this year, the plane has proved to be quite an upgrade to the passenger experience on many of Delta’s longest and most premium short-haul routes.

TPG’s Alberto Riva wrote about the reasons he loves Delta’s A220s and why he now goes out of his way to fly on them over Delta’s other short-haul aircraft. With a much more spacious cabin than the regional jets it’s replacing, the widest economy seats in Delta’s fleet, spacious fold-down overhead bins on both sides, and a high-resolution, responsive entertainment system, it’s easy to see why he was impressed with the new airplane’s interior.

delta a220 overhead bins open
Delta’s A220 has roomy overhead bins on both sides. Photo by Darren Murph / The Points Guy.

Aside from the interior, another benefit for passengers flying on Delta’s A220s is their engine noise. Or, rather, the lack thereof. Alberto found the aircraft to be amazingly silent.

I also found this to be the case when a couple of friends and I recently flew this aircraft from Paris to Zurich on Swiss. Even my friend who is an engineer at a jet-engine testing facility was impressed by how extremely quiet the engines were at takeoff power.

These Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofans are amazingly quiet.
The Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofans are amazingly quiet. Photo by Alberto Riva / The Points Guy

Delta has quickly built up its A220 fleet, having already taken delivery of 28 A220-100s. After having only flown the aircraft for a few months, Delta increased its A220 order again this summer to a total of 95 aircraft: 45 of the A220-100s and 50 of the larger A220-300 variant.

Between now and September 2020, Delta’s A220-100s are currently scheduled to serve 47 different routes within their network.

Here is the route list:

Delta’s Scheduled A220 Routes

Route Start Date End Date Remarks
Atlanta (ATL) to Salt Lake City (SLC) December 2019 No End Scheduled
Austin (AUS) to Las Vegas (LAS) January 2020 January 2020 Only 1/5 for CES show
Detroit (DTW) to Austin (AUS) December 2019 January 2020
Detroit (DTW) to Nashville (BNA) March 2020 June 2020
Detroit (DTW) to Boston (BOS) December 2019 April 2020
Detroit (DTW) to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) In Service No End Scheduled
Detroit (DTW) to Newark (EWR) In Service June 2020
Detroit (DTW) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) In Service No End Scheduled
Detroit (DTW) to New York-LaGuardia (LGA) In Service No End Scheduled
Detroit (DTW) to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) December 2019 December 2019 Only 12/20/19
New York-Kennedy (JFK) to Boston (BOS) December 2019 March 2020
New York-Kennedy (JFK) to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) In Service No End Scheduled
New York-Kennedy (JFK) to Houston (IAH) In Service No End Scheduled
New York-Kennedy (JFK) to Jacksonville (JAX) In Service June 2020
New York-Kennedy (JFK) to West Palm Beach (PBI) February 2020 March 2020 Only four flights
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Atlanta (ATL) December 2019 December 2019 Only on 12/20/19
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Boston (BOS) In Service June 2020
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) In Service No End Scheduled
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Houston (IAH) In Service No End Scheduled
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to New Orleans (MSY) In Service March 2020
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Fort Myers (RSW) In Service December 2019
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Austin (AUS) December 2019 January 2020
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Nashville (BNA) March 2020 April 2020
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Boston (BOS) December 2019 January 2020
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) In Service No End Scheduled
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Newark (EWR) In Service June 2020
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Houston (IAH) In Service No End Scheduled
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) In Service June 2020 Break Dec-Mar
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Denver (DEN) In Service January 2020
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Fairbanks (FAI) In Service No End Scheduled Break Jun-Aug
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Spokane (GEG) May 2020 June 2020
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Milwaukee (MKE) June 2020 No End Scheduled
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO) In Service No End Scheduled
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to San Jose (SJC) In Service No End Scheduled
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Salt Lake City (SLC) March 2020 No End Scheduled
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Sacramento (SMF) January 2020 No End Scheduled
San Jose (SJC) to Las Vegas (LAS) January 2020 January 2020 Only during CES show
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Austin (AUS) December 2019 January 2020
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Columbus, OH (CMH) December 2019 January 2020
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Denver (DEN) December 2019 June 2020
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) In Service No End Scheduled
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Houston (IAH) In Service No End Scheduled
Salt Lake City (SLC) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) December 2019 No End Scheduled
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Las Vegas (LAS) December 2019 January 2020
Salt Lake City (SLC) to San Francisco (SFO) In Service No End Scheduled
Salt Lake City (SLC) to San Jose (SJC) In Service No End Scheduled
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Orange County, CA (SNA) In Service No End Scheduled

 

As Delta continues to expand its fleet of A220s over the next few years, I’m looking forward to seeing it replace more and more of the CRJ and Embraer regional jets, as well as the old MD-88s and MD-90s that are currently still lingering around in Delta’s fleet. Especially on the two- to four-hour flights that many of those aircraft are still operating, having extra shoulder room, nice IFE systems and enough room for passengers to bring full-size carry-on bags on board will be a welcome change.

Featured image by Darren Murph/The Points Guy  

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