Today Delta announced some changes in their operations for the West Coast market. They will be changing some flight schedules but more importantly adding some amenities not normally seen, and expanding their Delta Shuttle service brand from Los Angeles LAX to include Seattle SEA.
The new service between LAX and SEA will be operated 10 times daily starting May 23rd with a mix of Boeing 717s and 737 jet aircraft, while the Delta Shuttle flights between LAX and San Francisco SFO will be operated by Shuttle carrier Compass Airlines using two-class, Embraer E175 jets. Delta previously has used the Boeing 737-800 on the East Coast Shuttle, currently Delta uses E175 jets on the East Coast Shuttle.
Delta has been continuing to expand in the Seattle market the new flights will push their operating well above 100 departures a day from Seattle. Some of the more interesting things that will change for Delta Shuttle customers in Seattle include dedicated check-in areas, complimentary news papers for ALL customers, assigned seating. Most interestingly, in addition to meals in First Class, passengers seated in Delta Comfort+ section will receive complimentary snack box, passengers in economy well receive specially designed refreshments by Nourish Snacks. Along with all this, all passengers – in ALL cabins – will receive free beer, wine and spirits! Delta is also planning on moving all shuttle flights as close to security as possible to make car to plane as quick as possible. They also state they are planning on opening a new Delta Sky Club this fall of 2016 in Concourse A.
Read the full press release below:
SEATTLE, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In the top three business markets on the West Coast, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) stands out as the only airline to offer a shuttle product with the introduction of Delta Shuttle® service from Seattleto San Francisco and Los Angeles. Seattle shuttle service complements existing Delta Shuttle service on the West Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Delta Shuttle service on the West Coast is a product created with business travelers in mind that offers dedicated check-in counters and gates located near security, among other amenities. Delta’s eight peak-day flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport and eight peak-day flights to San FranciscoInternational Airport will feature the service. Delta will also add two more daily flights from Seattle to Los Angeles for a total of 10 peak-day Delta Shuttle flights beginning May 23. Flights to Los Angeles will be operated with a mix of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 717 jets, while flights to San Francisco will be operated by Delta Shuttle carrier Compass Airlines using two-class, Embraer 175 jets.
“Fueled by their ideas and ambitions, Seattleites fly with purpose and deserve a product that supports their pursuits, particularly when flying between the largest business markets on the West Coast,” said Mike Medeiros, Delta’s Vice President–Seattle. “Delta Shuttle service brings a tailored, thoughtful approach to travel that starts as soon as your feet hit the curb.”
Effective May 11, Delta Shuttle customers flying from Seattle to Los Angeles and San Francisco will enjoy:
- Dedicated check-in counters exclusively for Delta Shuttle customers
- Gates located near security
- Complimentary newspapers for all customers including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Financial Times
- Assigned seating
- Two classes of service with complimentary upgrades for SkyMiles Medallion members when available
- Complimentary meals in First Class on all flights
- Complimentary Luvo snack box offered in Comfort+ on all flights
- Complimentary onboard snacks provided by Nourish Snacks in the main cabin
- Complimentary in-flight beer, wine, spirits and other beverages in all classes of service, including Lagunitas Brewing Company and Fremont Brewing Company craft beer and Starbucks coffee
- Access to in-flight Wi-Fi and free entertainment options through Delta Studio
- Convenient access to the new Delta Sky Club set to open in Fall 2016 on Concourse A
The introduction of Delta Shuttle service in Seattle means customers from some of Seattle’s most important industries – including technology, aerospace, retail, and healthcare – and customers traveling between the three largest technology centers on the West Coast can rely on Delta’s consistent, customized product between the three cities. Collectively, Delta offers more flights between Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco than any other airline and is the only airline to consider the specialized needs of business customers with an elevated product between the three cities. All Delta Shuttle flights on the West Coast offer Wi-Fi and free entertainment options through Delta Studio.
“Since the launch of Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2013, we’ve defined what ‘shuttle’ means with a consistent schedule, investments in the product with local West Coast brands, and making it easier, more enjoyable and more productive to do business for customers on the West Coast,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President – Sales West. “Adding Seattle to our Delta Shuttle portfolio is a major milestone and makes it clear that Delta is focused on West Coast travelers like no other airline.”
From Delta’s hub in Seattle, customers can connect to more than 120 daily flights to 44 destinations around the globe, including eight long-haul international destinations in Europe and Asia. This summer, Delta will grow to 152 peak-day departures from Seattle, including recently launched service to Boston, Orange County and Victoria, British Columbia. Delta will offer 174 peak-day departures from Los Angeles this summer with the launch of five daily flights to Denver in June and more flights to Nashville and Boston.
Every Delta flight from Seattle features jet service with Delta One/First Class and Delta Comfort+ seating and free entertainment options via Delta Studio as well as Wi-Fi service on nearly every domestic aircraft operating in the contiguous U.S. Delta is the only carrier to offer full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in Delta One on every long-haul international flight from Seattle along with entertainment on demand in every seat throughout the aircraft.
The airline has also invested $15 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its Delta Sky Club and lobby renovations, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations, expanded ticket counters and enhancements to the international arrivals area. Delta’s Terminal 5 at LAX features a newly remodeled Delta Sky Club, a renovated Sky Priority lobby, and the airline’s first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE at LAX.