Delta Air Lines expands to Queensland

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MRO DubaiDelta Air Lines will start services to Brisbane from 4 December adding another three weekly seasonal flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane, marking a further boost in trans-Pacific capacity.

By Christmas Brisbane will be home to four airlines including Delta, American Airlines, United and Air Canada. Along with Qantas, from December, the number of seats between Brisbane and mainland North America will leap to 144% of pre-Covid capacity. Delta Air Lines will operate an Airbus A350-900 on its new LA route, boasting a generous capacity of 306 passengers.

“We are very proud Brisbane Airport will become Delta’s second destination in Australia,” says Brisbane Airport Chief Executive Officer, Gert-Jan de Graaff. “Brisbane is charting unprecedented territory, witnessing an unparalleled level of interest from North American visitors. This strategic move by Delta Air Lines not only fortifies the ties between the United States and Queensland but also signifies a boost for the local visitor economy.”

Delta Air Lines operates over 4,000 daily flights to nearly 280 destinations on six continents. “With this addition of Brisbane, Delta’s upcoming winter schedule will offer our customers up to 17 weekly flights between the U.S. and Australia,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning. “This marks our most extensive schedule to the South Pacific to date, and as we build our presence in the region, we know our customers will enjoy the enhanced experience consistently provided by Delta.”

From December, there will be a total of 34 flights per week from North America to Brisbane. With the addition of Delta, Brisbane will be serviced by five airlines flying to four  North American hubs, with connections to 258 airports across North, Central and South America with 10,000 flights weekly. And there are eight direct connections into Europe as well.

The new Delta flights are supported by Queensland’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund delivering more than 271,000 seats over three years and up to 114,000 visitors who will spend up to A$208 million, supporting up to 840 jobs including 520 direct jobs and 320 indirect jobs. It is also a boost for Queensland exporters, with the A350-900 aircraft able to carry up to 20 tonnes of the Sunshine State’s best products directly to the US. This increase will grow Queensland’s exports to the world’s largest economy, which last financial year was worth $3.1 billion, $409 million of that via air freight.

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