Delta Announces Their First A350 Route Out Of Atlanta

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Earlier I wrote about how Delta announced two additional A350 routes out of Detroit Airport. With those additions, Delta has now announced their first five A350 routes, all of which are out of Detroit. The details of those are as follows:

  • Detroit to Tokyo Narita as of October 30, 2017
  • Detroit to Seoul Incheon as of November 18, 2017
  • Detroit to Beijing as of January 17, 2018
  • Detroit to Amsterdam as of March 31, 2018
  • Detroit to Shanghai as of April 19, 2018

There are synergies to basing an aircraft type at one hub, including better aircraft utilization, lower maintenance costs, and lower costs to crew the plane (in terms of the number of people that need to be trained, the number of reserves that need to be available, etc.).

However, it looks like Detroit won’t be the only US airport to which they’ll fly A350s. Somehow I missed this, but back in August Delta announced that they’ll fly the A350 between Atlanta and Seoul Incheon as of March 24, 2018.

The route is presently operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, which features 37 Delta One seats, 36 Comfort+ seats, and 218 main cabin seats. Meanwhile the new A350 will feature 32 Delta One Suites, 48 Premium Select seats, and 226 main cabin seats. So the aircraft change will represent a capacity decrease in business class, the addition of a premium economy cabin, and a slight increase in the number of main cabin seats.

I’ll be curious to see if Delta actually bases the A350 in Atlanta, or if they instead operate this flight as a rotation where the plane is still Detroit based, where it would fly from Detroit to Incheon to Atlanta to Incheon to Detroit. I suspect it depends whether Delta plans to add more A350 routes out of Atlanta long term or not. I imagine they will eventually given that they have 25 of the planes on order, though it may be a while before they’re able to add more routes.

(Tip of the hat to Gabriel)

  1. “Somehow I missed this, but back in August Delta announced that they’ll fly the A350 between Atlanta and Seoul Incheon as of March 24, 2018.”

    Did y’all even read the article? Ben acknowledged (and apologized for) missing it. Give him a break; he generates more content on a personal basis than virtually anyone else covering this stuff. Things fall through the cracks.

    Ben, thanks for continuing to put out a great blog. You’ve helped me enjoy traveling in ways I’ve never imagined and sharing these experiences with those closest to me.

  2. I’m sorry guys, that was my mistake. I updated the post to reflect that this was announced in August. Still hadn’t realized that was happening, so my apologies again.

  3. I hope Delta keeps that route in Atlanta. Would make a lot of business sense, given how many Korean people live in the Atlanta area (not as many as in LA or New York City, but definitely a lot more than in Detroit).

  4. Would also be worth pintning out the scheduke of the flight. 12:29a-4am+2. id say better than the noon time flight which was only 10 mins difference of KE flight

  5. Any ideas how many miles to book these flights? Transfer partners I assume would be the best instead of redeeming directly through Delta?

  6. Yeah, and they’re charging 200,000 pesos for a one way in business. Get real, Delta. Keep it up and you’ll be falling hard with Amex. I’ll stay with Chase and use 62,500 UR to fly Korean Air’s infinitely better hard/soft product.

  7. Still waiting for some love for MSP. It would be great to see this plane to LHR, CDG and AMS. I take those flights at least once a month and still haven’t seen a single open seat on those flights so I guess there is demand for it.

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