Delta Air Lines is adding new service from Boston to Edinburgh. It is Delta’s eighth nonstop transatlantic service from Boston and will be served nonstop starting in summer 2019.
During peak summer months, Delta will operate two daily flights between Boston and Edinburgh. Delta and Virgin Atlantic, who are codeshare partners, will offer a combined 25 weekly flights between the US and Scotland in summer 2019, a 25% increase over summer 2018. In addition to Edinburgh, the airlines will connect Glasgow to New York JFK and Orlando.
“Delta is Boston’s No. 1 carrier across the Atlantic, and we’re excited to be expanding our service to Edinburgh,” said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President, Transatlantic. “Business and leisure travelers will both enjoy convenient nonstop service between Boston and Scotland, delivered with Delta’s unmatched reliability and renowned customer service.”
“Direct air links to the United States of America play an important role for Scotland’s economy, so I warmly welcome the announcement of this new service between Edinburgh and Boston,” said Michael Matheson, Scottish Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, and Connectivity. “Not only will this give Scottish businesses a direct route into important North American markets, but it will also give inbound visitors even more options when it comes to getting a taste of the world-class tourism experience on offer in Scotland. I wish Edinburgh Airport and Delta every success with this new service and look forward to it taking off next year.”
“More American tourists visit Scotland than from any other country – over half a million in 2017 – and with more than 2000 extra seats each week between the US and Edinburgh, Delta will help increase visitor numbers, contributing to the local economy,” said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President of Pricing and Revenue Management transpacific.
Outbound flights will depart Boston at 22:15 and arrive in Edinburgh at 09:25 (+1 day). The return flight will depart Edinburgh at 10:55 and arrive in Boston at 13:02. The service launches on May 23.
Delta will operate a Boeing 757 on the route. The aircraft will have 168 seats, including 16 in Delta One, 44 in Delta Comfort+, and 108 in Economy Class.
Delta currently serves Edinburgh from New York JFK.
New service to Edinburgh compliments Delta’s other existing routes from Boston to the UK. Delta’s UK network includes London Heathrow and Manchester (via codeshare partner Virgin Atlantic).
Delta recently announced nonstop service from Boston to Lisbon. Delta will also operate its service to Dublin with a Boeing 767-300ER, a larger aircraft than original, due to high demand. The change goes into effect in 2019.
Boston will serve 16 international destinations from Boston in 2019.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for Delta in Boston as we grow our network, build on our customer experience enhancements, and deepen our community footprint,” said Charlie Schewe, Director of New England Sales. “Our new Edinburgh service is only the latest way we’re growing Boston’s direct access to international destinations around the world.”
“We look forward to working together to make the route a success,” said Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive.
Along with its partners, Delta operates up to 110 peak-day departures from Boston. This 12 more than 2017 and 32 more than in 2016. Delta currently serves a total of 50 destinations from Boston.
Featured image by Zaref Anderson/Aeronautics Online