Delta Air Lines has celebrated 35 for years of transatlantic flights to Germany on 17 June 2014
On 17 June 2014, Delta Air Lines has celebrated 35 for years of transatlantic flights to Germany. On 17 June 1979, Delta Air Lines opened the route between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta and Frankfurt International Airport, being the first transatlantic flight operated to a destination in Germany.
This anniversary coincided with the 85 anniversary of commercial flights. Delta Air Lines began operations on 17 June 1929, the first flight operated between Dallas and Jackson, Mississippi.
Returning to the 35th anniversary of the first flight to Germany, at the beginning, the Atlanta - Frankfurt route was honored with 4 weekly flights. The flights were operated with Lockheed L1011-500 aircraft with 218 seats (12 in First class, 23 in Business class and 183 in Economy). Delta currently operates daily flights on this route. It uses Boeing 767-400 aircraft with 245 seats (39 in Business Elite, 28 in Economy Comfort and 178 in Economy).
Business Elite passengers benefit from seats that turn into perfectly flat beds and have direct access to the aisle. Each chair is equipped with an 10.6 inch screen. The arrangement of the chairs is in 1-2-1 format. Delta provides travelers with approximately 3000 of Business Elite / week seats between the United States and Germany.
In the 35 years of transatlantic flights to Germany, Delta Air Lines has opened routes to Stuttgart, Munich, Dusseldorf departing from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Detroit. In 2013, Delta carried 800 000 of passengers between the United States and Germany.