Delta Adding Detroit To Iceland Flight In 2023

Delta Adding Detroit To Iceland Flight In 2023

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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.

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

Delta is launching a Detroit to Keflavik route

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 operate three routes to Iceland this summer

Bottom line

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?

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  1. Airline Flyer Guest

    This reminds me a few years ago when Wow launched flights from KEF to DFW, prompting Icelandair and American to do the same - 3 airlines!

    Wow of course went bust, the other 2 airlines then had no reason to continue this route, and it quickly went from 3 airlines back to 0 on the route. (And American doesn't fly to Iceland at all!)

  2. Christy Guest

    Fantastic to have this flight!

  3. tom Guest

    Icelandair does not have access to a lounge in DTW

    1. Jas Layerle Guest

      they'll just pay for the LH lounge

  4. Diane Guest

    When will these go on sale?

  5. Jason Guest

    Delta never flew from Detroit to Iceland, especially in 2003 when Detroit was not a hub for Delta. This is not a service resumption. Please check your sources and edit this. It’s not a good idea to put out false information.

    1. Matt Guest

      I’m assuming it’s a reference to Northwest routes previously serviced that Delta inherited the legacy of during merger

    2. Jason Guest

      They didnt fly it either. Northwest never flew to Iceland. I worked in Network Planning for Northwest back in the day and can tell you we never flew there nor was it ever considered. It's a factually incorrect statement that I'm not sure where it came from.

  6. tom Guest

    Icelandair does not offer a true international type Business Class product. It's seats are identical to domestic First Class. So, the Icelandair "Business Class" experience is comparable to what Delta will sell as Premium Select using the domestic configured B757 equipment.

    1. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

      Icelandair doesn't fly long-haul. So the seats are comparable to other regional or short-haul business-class seats. And unlike Delta premium economy, Icelandair business-class comes with proper bedding, lounge access, and much better food and wine than what Delta serves in premium economy.

  7. Tim Dunn Diamond

    Given how much Delta has built up Boston, this is a nice little addition to the Detroit international lineup.
    and FNT,
    You can get into SkyClubs with the "right" Amex card or a SC membership regardless of the cabin you are flying.

    1. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

      The "right" American Express card isn't an option for non-U.S. customers on Delta.

      Icelandair offers business-class, which includes lounge access in both DTW and KEF. Delta doesn't.

      It's bizarre that Delta offers a business-class product for MSP to KEF but not DTW.

      It's just like when Delta pre-pandemic announced flights to LGW and SNN would only have a premium economy cabin. It makes no sense and undermines fleet-wide consistency. Same for flying around...

      The "right" American Express card isn't an option for non-U.S. customers on Delta.

      Icelandair offers business-class, which includes lounge access in both DTW and KEF. Delta doesn't.

      It's bizarre that Delta offers a business-class product for MSP to KEF but not DTW.

      It's just like when Delta pre-pandemic announced flights to LGW and SNN would only have a premium economy cabin. It makes no sense and undermines fleet-wide consistency. Same for flying around inferior 737s and A350s.

    2. Tim Dunn Guest

      The US to Iceland market is almost entirely US originating.
      Delta also uses the business class 757s on transcon routes. They likely don’t have enough to fly many non non coastal flights
      Their goal is clearly to pull as much coach traffic. Icelandair needs every passenger to make this route viable. This is a speck in Delta‘ s network

  8. FNT Delta Diamond Guest

    Delta started doing the 757 with domestic first-class before the pandemic. Because it's being sold as premium economy, there are some significant consequences:
    1) No complimentary upgrades from economy into premium economy for elites even if there are empty seats.
    2) A global upgrade certificate is required to upgrade from economy to premium economy. That's just absurd given the shortness of the route. This should be a regional upgrade certificate.
    3) No...

    Delta started doing the 757 with domestic first-class before the pandemic. Because it's being sold as premium economy, there are some significant consequences:
    1) No complimentary upgrades from economy into premium economy for elites even if there are empty seats.
    2) A global upgrade certificate is required to upgrade from economy to premium economy. That's just absurd given the shortness of the route. This should be a regional upgrade certificate.
    3) No lounge access at DTW and KEF. Booking premium economy does NOT automatically give you lounge access. It does, however, qualify you for Sky Club lounge access at DTW if and only if you are a gold, platinum, or diamond with Delta under the new rules.

  9. Jason Guest

    Where do you see that Delta operated a flight from Detroit to Keflavik up until 2003? Detroit was not a delta hub back then, and northwest, delta’s predecessor in Detroit, never flew to Iceland at all. Please check your source as I believe this is an erroneous statement.

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Airline Flyer Guest

This reminds me a few years ago when Wow launched flights from KEF to DFW, prompting Icelandair and American to do the same - 3 airlines! Wow of course went bust, the other 2 airlines then had no reason to continue this route, and it quickly went from 3 airlines back to 0 on the route. (And American doesn't fly to Iceland at all!)

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Jason Guest

They didnt fly it either. Northwest never flew to Iceland. I worked in Network Planning for Northwest back in the day and can tell you we never flew there nor was it ever considered. It's a factually incorrect statement that I'm not sure where it came from.

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Christy Guest

Fantastic to have this flight!

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