Delta Plans to Offer New Service to Cape Town, South Africa

By Anna Breuer on 24 May 2020
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Delta Air Lines announced plans to launch one-stop service to Cape Town, South Africa, from its Atlanta hub, via Johannesburg.

Pending government approval, the service would start on October 24.

The airline currently offers non-stop service to Johannesburg from Atlanta using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.   It announced plans to retire its entire Boeing 777 fleet by the end of the year amidst the coronavirus pandemic on May 14.

The news was announced by the airline’s Delta president, Glen Hauenstein, during a virtual town hall meeting for employees made available to Frequent Business Traveler.

“The new service will increase travel and trade opportunities, boost Atlanta and regional economies, create jobs, and provide benefits to travelers across the U.S.,” the airline said in applying for the route authority.

Delta will operate the new service using Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The A350 seats 306 passengers including 32 in the Delta One business-class cabin, which offers enclosed suites with fully lie-flat seats that extend into beds that are 81” in length. The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that Delta currently uses for the Johannesburg service seat 288 passengers.

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