Delta is launching a nonstop seasonal flight between Boston (BOS) and Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) next summer. It’s just the latest Delta flight across the Atlantic Ocean from BOS, which Delta is steadily building up as an international hub. Daily flights to Scotland’s capital city will begin May 23, 2019, running through the summer months.
Delta will fly a Boeing 757-200 on this route. These aren’t Delta’s latest or greatest planes, but they will be equipped with 16 Delta One seats. That's a major upgrade over the first class recliners that Delta uses on some other transatlantic routes. The planes will also have 44 Comfort+ seats and just 108 in Economy.
“Business and leisure travelers will both enjoy convenient nonstop service between Boston and Scotland, delivered with Delta’s unmatched reliability and renowned customer service,” said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s vice president for trans-Atlantic operations.
This comes just after Delta announced it would launch seasonal service from BOS to Lisbon, Portugal (LIS), also starting on May 23.
Delta’s focus on international flights in and out of BOS is fascinating. It may never be the bustling hub that New York City-JFK (JFK) or Delta’s prized Atlanta (ATL) headquarters is, but that’s a good thing. It provides an easier way for Delta passengers across the U.S. to connect and head to Europe.
With the launch of its service to Lisbon in May, Delta is actually replacing its existing flight between ATL and LIS. That service will end once the BOS nonstop launches.
With service to EDI and LIS, Delta will run six flights to European cities out of BOS. The airline already flies directly to London-Heathrow (LHR), Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS) and Dublin (DUB).
“Delta is Boston’s No. 1 carrier across the Atlantic, and we’re excited to be expanding our service to Edinburgh,” Loriatti said.
More routes to Europe, out of Boston or anywhere, just means more competition. And that’s a win for consumers. More competition means more of the crazy-low prices (via Thrifty Traveler Premium) we’ve seen to get to Europe and back.
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