Delta Applies for Flights from Heathrow to Boston, Miami

Delta Air Lines has filed applications with the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting permission to operate twice-daily year-round service between London's Heathrow Airport and Boston, and daily year-round service between Heathrow and Miami.

Access to Heathrow is restricted by airport slot restraints. Delta claims that the oneworld alliance, which includes American Airlines and British Airways, holds 47 percent of Heathrow's takeoff and landing slots, while the Star Alliance, which includes United Airlines, US Airways, BMI and Lufthansa, accounts for 25 percent of Heathrow's slots.

The slots for the new service are available following the U.S. and E.U. governments' approval of an immunized trans-Atlantic alliance between American Airlines and British Airways. The government required the airlines to divest some Heathrow slots in order to enhance competition in the most tightly restricted markets.

If approved, Delta's Heathrow service from Boston and Miami would begin March 27, 2011, and would be offered in cooperation with its trans-Atlantic joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia.

For service between Boston and Heathrow, flight 270 would depart Boston at 7 p.m., arriving in Heathrow at 6:45 a.m. the next day. Flight 144 would depart Boston at 9:50 p.m. and arrive in Heathrow at 9:35 a.m. Flight 271 would depart Heathrow at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Boston at 1:25 p.m. Flight 145 would leave Heathrow at 1:30 p.m. and arrive in Boston at 4:25 p.m.
For service to and from Miami, flight 260 would depart Miami at 5:30 p.m., arriving in Heathrow at 7:30 a.m. the next day. Flight 261 would leave Heathrow at 10:20 a.m. and arrive in Miami at 3:25 p.m.

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