Delta Adjusts Transatlantic Schedule By Cutting Azores and Malaga

Delta's Boeing 757-200s have made some interesting missions over the years. From short hops between Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida, to long routes from Raleigh, North Carolina to Paris, Delta has used these planes for interesting routes.

In 2015, Delta began operating seasonal service using the 757-200S (one with fully-flat Delta One seats) to Malaga, Spain. In 2018, Delta started seasonal service to Ponta Delgada in the Azores, using a domestically configured 757-200 (selling First Class as Premium Select). Although these routes were seasonal, and not operated every day, Delta has decided to abandon these markets next year.

SkyTeam has a variety of alternatives to reach Malaga via AirFrance in Paris, KLM in Amsterdam and Air Europa in Madrid (more on this later...). The Azores, on the other hand, have no SkyTeam routes. The Azores' location about 900 miles west of Portugal, would make for a much longer travel time connecting in Europe anyway (the flight clocked in around 5-6 hours from New York).

Usually when Delta cuts a route, they announce some new and exciting ones to replace it. As of now, the only new routes I see Delta operating with a 757-200 are out of Boston to London-Gatwick. In addition, I assume with the refurbishment of the 767-400ERSs and the retirement of some older 767-300ERs, Delta will need some spare planes to pick up the slack. Hopefully a middle of the market aircraft comes around so Delta can have an actual replacement. But, I digress.

Featured image of Main Cabin on a Delta 757-200S


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