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Delta Adding New Daily Los Angeles-San Francisco Flights, 3 Other Nonstop Cities from LAX

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Delta Air Lines is increasing its Los Angeles International Airport service, operating four new daily flights between LAX and San Francisco, adding nonstop flights to three new cities, and renovating and expanding its SkyClub Terminal 5 service and security.

"Los Angeles' strategic position in the Delta network continues to gain importance as we expand opportunities for customers to connect to our trans-Pacific services from this growing, thriving gateway," Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president - Network Planning and Revenue Management, said.

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"We are pleased not only to continue to expand service for Delta customers via L.A. but also to offer the convenience of L.A. connections to customers flying our alliance partners," he added.

Along with new service between Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Delta is adding new nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Columbus, Ohio; Hartford, Conn.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The expanded service begins June 10.

The Columbus flight will operate daily, while the Hartford and Raleigh-Durham flights will operate Sunday through Friday.

Delta's new service between Los Angeles and the four U.S. cities adds to the airline's previously announced summer expansion plans from California, including new nonstop flights between San Diego and Honolulu; Sacramento and Detroit, and increased service between Los Angeles and Maui and Memphis.

Each of Delta's new flights will offer customers First Class and Economy Class service, and will be operated on a mix of Boeing 737-800, Airbus A320 and Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. Some of the LAX-SFO flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines.

Acknowledging that the Los Angeles-San Francisco market is very competitive, Delta said it's a market critical to the airline.

"It's important for our Asian partners to be able to connect from Los Angeles to San Francisco," a Delta spokesperson said.

China Southern Airlines, a Delta SkyTeam partner, currently does not operate service to Northern California and plans to use the new LAX flights to offer access to San Francisco, which is the second largest U.S. market for Chinese travelers, according to Delta.

The added flights are expected to improve connections for SkyTeam customers utilizing Los Angeles International Airport as a gateway to California and points across the United States. SkyTeam partners include AeroMexico, Air France, China Southern, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and West Coast partner Alaska Airlines.

In the last year, Delta has significantly increased service at its Los Angeles gateway with the addition of 19 new peak-day departures. In total, Delta plans to operate 81 peak day-departures to 26 nonstop destinations from Los Angeles this June.

Delta also has announced plans to renovate and expand its Sky Club at Los Angeles' Terminal 5 beginning later this year. The expanded lounge will accommodate the increasing number of travelers connecting to and from Delta's domestic and international flights at Los Angeles.

Delta said it also will complete plans to expand the capacity of its security screening checkpoint in Terminal 5 before summer 2010, improving customer flow and further streamlining the airport experience in Los Angeles.

Flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and flights between Los Angeles and Columbus, Hartford and Raleigh-Durham are currently available for purchase at
www.delta.com and via other ticketing channels.

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, Freedom Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America and SkyWest.


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