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Delta Airlines Announces International Route Changes For European Expansion

In the wake of its competitor American Airlines adding more European flights and reducing the number of Asian routes that connect U.S. cities, Delta Air Lines revealed more alterations to its global schedules on Wednesday that will have some impact on various locations in the country.

Los Angeles, the biggest beneficiary of the changes, will enjoy more flights to Amsterdam on an existing route to service passengers daily. LAX will also not only service Delta daily departures for Paris, the fleet will be upgraded to Boeing 777-200 planes which will have a seating capacity of 396 and will include such perks as Delta One suites and Delta Premium Select for economy fliers. The changes affecting these routes will begin on June 16th, 2019.

New York will also have more flights to Paris, although the big news was that Delta announced the addition of a second daily flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Tel Aviv. It spells greater trans-Atlantic options for Israeli passengers, whose only other option was using the country's El Al airline service, which travels the same route as Delta. But additional amenities on Delta will include business class lie-flat beds on the airline's Airbus A330-300. The same model will also be used in select flights affecting Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis bound for Paris.

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Tampa Bay will finally get a nonstop route to Amsterdam starting next May, making it the second city in Florida to offer such a service to the Netherlands city. Earlier this year, Orlando was given a route. Nine other U.S. cities currently offer direct flights to Amsterdam.

However, Delta announced it was cutting flights this fall affecting Newark and Pittsburgh destined for Paris.

The changes being made by Delta are part of an international service expansion that concentrates more on Europe. The airline's executives see the continent, already a major region for intense competition between budget airlines, as a critical part of that expansion, with hopes that additional connections in U.S. cities will give them an advantage in that market.

Delta is also experimenting with some luxury perks as incentives including three-course meals plus wine for economy fliers and boasting more seatback screens than any other airline on the planet.

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