Delta Air Lines adds Auckland to global network

Daily A350-900 slights from Los Angeles to debut from 28 October 2023

Delta Air Lines will commence all-new flights from Los Angeles to Auckland from October, the first time the US carrier has operated commercial flights to New Zealand.

The route will launch with daily services on 28 October 2023 – making Delta the only US airline to operate the route on a non-stop basis. Flights will be operated by Delta’s Airbus A350-900, which features three cabin classes, well four if you class the more spacious Comfort+ in Economy as a standalone product.

Flight DL65 will depart LAX at 10:30pm, arriving in AKL at 7:35am two days later. The return flight, DL64, will take off at 2:00pm, landing back in LAX at 6:05am the same day.

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Auckland joins other new Delta routes from Los Angeles, including flights to Tahiti, Paris and London-Heathrow. The Kiwi hub will complement the airline’s service from Los Angeles to Sydney, which currently operates 10 times weekly over summer, and its daily service to Tokyo-Haneda.

“With more than 1,750 weekly flights to 85 destinations around the globe this summer, Delta is well positioned to deliver on its plans to fully restore its network in 2023,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s S.V.P. – Network Planning. “With brand-new flights this year to cities like Auckland, Geneva and London-Gatwick, we’re giving customers more options to enjoy the premium experience and elevated hospitality they have come to know and expect from us.”

“LAX continues to grow its global network of destinations that are connecting Angelenos to every corner of the globe, and Delta’s addition of nonstop service from Los Angeles to New Zealand is in lockstep with the airline’s commitment to expand and improve service to our region,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports. “Coupled with Delta’s international additions to Sydney and Tahiti, this is another exciting result of the ongoing and strong collaboration between LAX and Delta Air Lines as we connect more people across the Pacific and beyond.”

Delta continues to transform the airport experience at LAX, debuting the first two major phases of the brand-new terminal last year: the headhouse and the T3 facility. This spring, customers can look forward to the opening of the west headhouse, featuring a dedicated Delta One check-in area. Additionally, the first-of-its-kind Delta One Club will open its doors in 2024, connect to the existing Terminal 3 Club and offer a personalised, dedicated level of service that further elevates the lounge experience.

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