Well that didn’t take long. Icelandair recently announced it would launch a Detroit to Keflavik route, and now Delta will launch the same route… three days earlier.
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Delta adds seasonal Detroit to Keflavik route
In the summer of 2023, Delta will offer a 4x weekly flight between Detroit (DTW) and Keflavik (KEF). The route will operate from May 15 through October 27, 2023, with the following schedule:
DL236 Detroit to Keflavik departing 7:55PM arriving 6:20AM (+1 day)
DL237 Keflavik to Detroit departing 8:05AM arriving 10:55AM
The 2,792-mile flight is blocked at 6hr25min eastbound and 6hr50min westbound. The flight will operate eastbound on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and westbound on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Delta will use a Boeing 757-200 for the route, featuring 193 seats. This includes 20 domestic first class seats, 41 extra legroom economy seats, and 132 regular economy seats. The domestic first class seats will simply be sold as premium economy, so a proper business class product won’t be offered on this flight.
How this fits into Delta’s service to Iceland
Delta exclusively operates seasonal service to Iceland, so for a broader look at the carrier’s route network to Iceland:
- Between April 1 and October 27, 2023, Delta is operating a daily flight between New York (JFK) and Keflavik (KEF); this is operated by an internationally configured Boeing 757-200, featuring a business class cabin
- Between June 5 and October 27, 2023, Delta is operating a daily flight between Minneapolis (MSP) and Keflavik (KEF); this is operated by an internationally configured Boeing 757-200, featuring a business class cabin
In the past, Delta has also operated a route to Iceland out of Boston (BOS), though there are no plans for that to be resumed in 2023.
Since this new Detroit route is clearly a last minute addition in response to Icelandair, I’m curious to see if Delta reduces frequencies at all out of Minneapolis, or if this simply results in a significant increase in net capacity to Iceland.
Delta will be adding a route between Detroit and Keflavik in the summer of 2023. This route is obviously a competitive response to Icelandair, which is launching the same route — Delta is even beating Icelandair to the punch by a few days.
You can expect Delta to operate this route 4x weekly using a Boeing 757. Unlike Delta’s other service to Iceland, this route won’t have a business class cabin, though.
What do you make of Delta adding a Detroit to Keflavik flight?