Close to the heels of announcing plans to solidify the footing
Delta Air Lines
) turned its attention to the U.S. film city - Los Angeles. The
company intends to speed up the number of flights at the city's
international airport with daily year-round and seasonal
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Of the additional services, the company will land in eight new
markets that include Nashville, Seattle, San Jose, Anchorage and
Spokane. Expanded summer flights will be launched between Los
Angeles and Oakland, Sacramento, Puerto Vallarta and New Orleans.
With services added to 14 destinations, Delta will control 12% of
the airport's departures, coming next to
United Continental Holdings Inc.
) and American Airlines, a subsidiary of
) that have 19% of services each. Dallas, Texas-based
) dominates about 16% of the service at Los Angeles.
By summer, Delta aims to have 118 daily departures from Los
Angeles, moving ahead of the last year's figure of 107. Services
from the country's third-busiest airport will cover international
stops in Sydney and Tokyo and provide customers the option to
avail seats in first class or economy class, along with on-board
Los Angeles stands as a strong revenue generating avenue for
Delta, owing to its position on the west coast of the U.S. The
city - being a favorite destination for both business travelers
and tourists all over the globe - enjoys a high demand.
Additionally, back in 2012, Della's co-location strategic partner
- Alaska Airlines - started operations in Los Angeles
International Airport's Terminal 6. This association is expected
to benefit customers of both the airlines by providing shorter
connecting times between Delta's operations at Terminal 5 and 6.
Jet-setters will also be open to more international,
transcontinental and West Coast travel options.
Apart from Alaska Airlines, Delta shares agreements with many
domestic and key international players plus other Sky Team
partners. In the days ahead, Delta plans to shake hands with
Virgin Atlantic Airways to start flights on a codesharing basis
from Los Angeles to Heathrow airport in London. These
collaborations will also work in favor of the passengers taking
off from Los Angeles.
Currently, Delta has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).