Delta to increase Sydney to Los Angeles flights in March on their flagship A350-900

Finally, some news of an airline increasing, not decreasing, flights between the US and Australia. Delta Air Lines, who have been praised for their Delta Care Standard implemented during the pandemic, will start flying their flagship A350-900 aircraft six times a week from 8th March 2021.

This will give Australians and Americans looking to return home more opportunities to do so, as a backlog of residents trying to get home remains at the top of mind.

The flights – DL40 and 41 – will run daily, excluding Thursdays, with the flight from Sydney (DL40) departing at 11.20am, and the returning flight (DL41) departing at 10.40pm. So, essentially the airline is just about back to business as usual.

The exciting news though is that this is the confirms the airline will continue flying their flagship A350-900 aircraft on the route, which has traditionally been taken up (at least in recent years) but the Boeing 777. We reviewed one such service (DL41) on the 777 in 2019.

The A350-900, which entered service on Qatar Airlines back in 2015, is Airbus’s answer to Boeing’s 777X, which still has yet to officially enter the market. Delta are the North American launch customer of the aircraft, and started flying on the Sydney route on October 25th of last year.

The aircraft feature award-winning Delta One suites, the new Delta Premium Select cabin and the Main Cabin. The Delta One Suites offer up to 32 customers a private, personal experience, with a full-height door at every suite for enhanced privacy and comfort. Each suite features a fully flat-bed seat with direct aisle access, as well as more stowage for personal items, larger in-flight entertainment screens and memory foam enhanced comfort cushions.

Designed with comfort in mind, Delta Premium Select offers more personal space with up to 38 inches of pitch, seat width of 18.5 inches, seven inches of recline and adjustable leg and headrests. Customers in all cabins can enjoy free mobile messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to stay connected with people on the ground and exchange real-time messages in flight.

It’s also worth mentioning that Delta have also extended their middle seat blocking through 30th April 2021 – the only U.S. airline to do so – which should serve as a great piece of mind for anyone flying as the pandemic continues, especially on flights within the U.S.

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Larry Heath

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