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Delta increases London Heathrow services on two niche routes – Portland and Detroit

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Delta Air Lines has announced plans to increase service on two of its US routes. The Heathrow to Portland route will increase from 4 times weekly to daily and the Detroit route will increase from daily to twice daily.

Launching on 10th May 2019, both services will use a Boeing 767-300ER.

The daily flight to Portland will leave Heathrow at 12:30 pm and land in Portland at 3.30 pm. The return leg will leave Portland at 8:08pm, arriving back at Heathrow at 12:05pm the next day.

Delta adds flights on two US routes to Heathrow

The newly added daily Detroit flight will leave Heathrow 1:50pm at land in Detroit 5:22pm. The plane will fly back to London at 10:33pm and land at 11:10am the next day.

With Delta being a Virgin Atlantic partner (and 49% shareholder) this opens up new options for spending your Virgin Flying Club miles.

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Comments (13)

  • Callum says:

    If you didn’t want to risk the Emirates/Amex transfer, you could always transfer the minimum then transfer the rest once you see your tickets are still available.

  • Zane says:

    A 25 minute turnaround for the Portland flight at LHR?

    • Adey says:

      Perhaps Rob has edited the article, but the LHR turnaround is 2hr 40m (11:10 to 13:50)

      • Callum says:

        That’s Detroit.

        Maybe the planes are swapping routes for some reason.

        Land from Portland at 12:05, leave for Detroit at 1:50.
        Land from Detroit at 11:10, leave for Portland at 12:30.

        Or the same with other routes.

        • Nick says:

          All US airlines swap aircraft over London. Take AA for example. There is one single longhaul AA flight from RDU… London on a 777. Either they keep that aircraft permanently on that route, with long turns in each place and no allowance for engineering input, or they route it elsewhere. They don’t need a 777 to go anywhere in the US from there, so they route LHR-RDU-LHR-ORD to integrate it back into their network. United even have crew based in London for operational flexibility.

          It’s not rocket science, and doesn’t require a huge amount of thought to understand, just a little bit of common sense.

        • Alex says:

          Non-hub flights need to position the planes using a W routing from an actual Delta hub

    • John says:

      It probably isn’t going back to where it came from, US airlines like to do complicated things with their scheduling.

      • Mark2 says:

        They probably see it as making the best use of expensive assets.

        • Lumma says:

          My AA flight to New York had came in from Dallas the other week. Seems to be normal

    • @mkcol says:

      I was thinking it was a W pattern.

  • Alex Sm says:

    Is the photo of a single berth cabin on a new sleeper train? Looks massive! Like an easyHotel room!

    • Genghis says:

      It’s like some estate agents pics of London flats where they’ve used smaller furniture

    • Sam says:

      That’s the en-suite double bed! And not cheap.

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