Delta Air Lines confirms Brisbane as second Australian hub

Seasonal, thrice weekly route from Los Angeles to launch in December 2024

Delta Air Lines will launch a brand-new seasonal Los Angeles-Brisbane route commencing 4 December 2024, operating three times weekly through 28 March 2025. The introduction of Brisbane as Delta’s second Australian gateway was foreshadowed exclusively by LATTE late last year.

Delta is building on its largest-ever (Southern Hemisphere) summer schedule to the South Pacific, which at its peak last year was offering seasonal double daily flights between Los Angeles and Sydney.

“With this addition of Brisbane, Delta’s upcoming summer schedule will offer our customers up to 17 weekly flights between Australia and the US,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning. “This marks our most extensive schedule to the South Pacific to date, and as we build our presence in the region, we know our customers will enjoy the enhanced experience consistently provided by Delta.”

Brisbane, Queensland

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The SkyTeam airline alliance carrier will operate A350-900 aircraft on the route, offering four product experiences: Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.

Delta One customers experience increased privacy and the luxury of a fully reclining seat, accompanied by plush bedding crafted from recycled materials, artisan-made amenity kits, chef-curated meals, and additional comforts. Meanwhile, Delta Premium Select passengers enjoy a wider seat with a deeper recline and an adjustable footrest and leg rest expanded space, an enhanced dining experience, and various other thoughtful amenities.

Delta’s guests will be able to take advantage of its state-of-the-art Sky Way at LAX that welcomes travellers from arrival to departure. Terminal 3, a nearly 111,500 square metre, 27-gate complex, redefines travel convenience with a centralised check-in lobby, expanded security checkpoint, and an award-winning Delta Sky Club.

Delta One customers are invited to make use of an exclusive check-in area, which provides a private TSA screening lane and direct access to the Delta Sky Club.

Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO Brisbane Airport Corporation; Cameron Dick, Queensland Minister for Trade and Investment, and Kelly Clive, Country Manager – Australia/New Zealand, Delta Air Lines.

Delta will further redefine the West Coast travel experience when it opens a premium lounge at LAX later this year.

The airline also launched daily service from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles, in October 2023 and three-times-weekly flights between Tahiti and LAX in December 2022.

Brisbane Airport said Delta’s commitment to Queensland “heralds another leap forward in connectivity and is poised to further invigorate Queensland’s tourism & export sector”.

By Christmas Brisbane will be home to 4 giants of North American aviation: Delta, American Airlines, United and Air Canada. Along with Qantas, from December, the number of seats between Brisbane and mainland North America will leap to 144% of pre-COVID capacity.

“This strategic move by Delta Air Lines not only fortifies the ties between the United States and Queensland but also signifies a boost for the local visitor economy,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO, Brisbane Airport.

The Queensland Government said the deal to bring Delta directly to Brisbane will bring an estimated 114,000 people to the state over three years who will spend up to $208 million in Queensland shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and enjoying our world-class experiences.

“The increased services should also put downward pressure on airline prices while providing more opportunities for Queensland’s exporters to tap into the world’s largest economy,” the Goverment tipped.

Patricia O’Callaghan, CEO, Tourism and Events Queensland said the additional direct access from Los Angeles into Brisbane is a “massive opportunity for our tourism industry”.

“While the United States is one of our biggest markets, we have so far only recovered around three-quarters of our 2019 numbers, so we have gains to make to recover and then grow beyond pre-pandemic visitor levels.”

In November, Rob LeBel, Managing Director – International and Specialty Sales, Delta Air Lines hinted to LATTE that new routes Down Under were on the not-too-distant radar, with the Queensland capital more likely to be the next gateway over Melbourne. Read that article here –

EXCLUSIVE: Delta eyes Melbourne and Brisbane

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