Delta has announced plans to launch daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Mexico City on December 1. The flight, which is subject to government approval, will connect Delta's LAX hub to partner Aeromexico's Mexico City hub and complement Aeromexico's existing schedule between the cities, Delta said.
The flight marks Delta’s return to the LA-Mexico City market for the first time since 2005. In May, Delta and Aeromexico announced five new non-stop markets starting by the end of 2017: Atlanta to Merida and Queretaro, Mexico; Los Angeles to Leon, Mexico; and Seattle and Portland to Mexico City. The new and increased service comes as the airlines implement a Joint Cooperation Agreement aimed at improving travel options between the United States and Mexico.
Ranjan Goswami, Delta's vice president – sales, west region, said that LA is the number one U.S. market to Mexico, and that the two airlines’ combined schedule gives customers access to 20 destinations beyond LA in a written release.
The Los Angeles-Mexico City flight will be operated using an Airbus A319 aircraft, which has new seats throughout the cabin with adjustable headrests, new seatback in-flight entertainment screens, in-seat power available for all customers, high capacity overhead bins, ambient lighting, as well as new lavatories. Delta's A319s have a total of 132 seats, 12 in First Class, 18 in Delta Comfort+ and 102 in Main Cabin. All aircraft flying to and from Mexico have AVOD, Wi-Fi and power at every seat.
The flights will operate on the following schedule beginning December 1:
|Los Angeles (LAX) at 9:30 a.m.||Mexico City (MEX) at 3:10 p.m.|
|Mexico City (MEX) at 4:30 p.m.||Los Angeles (LAX) at 7:00 p.m.|
Aeromexico offers six daily roundtrip flights between LAX and Mexico City using Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. In 2016, Delta and Aeromexico carried over 7 million customers to and from Mexico.
Delta SkyMiles members and Aeromexico Club Premier members enjoy reciprocal mileage earning and redemption opportunities on both Delta and Aeromexico flights. Additionally, Complimentary Upgrades (subject to availability), complimentary lounge access when traveling on international flights, Preferred Seating, baggage fee waivers and Priority Check-In and Boarding are offered to Delta Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion Members.
In May, Delta relocated to Terminals 2 and 3 at LAX, the first step in its plan to modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2 and 3 over the next few years as part of the $1.9 billon Delta Sky Way at LAX. The relocation created several immediate benefits for customers, including faster and more convenient connections to flights operated by Delta's partners, including Aeromexico, Delta said. When complete, the new space will provide all the amenities Delta's customers have come to expect at LAX, including a private Delta One check-in lounge, new state-of-the-art Delta Sky Clubs, an integrated in-line baggage system, convenient passenger flows, more gate-area seating, and a concession program spotlighting local chefs and restaurants in partnership with Westfield Corporation.