Delta Airlines has announced a new service between Los Angeles and Washington National airport featuring it’s renowned DeltaOne product which includes lie flat seats and premium service.
Delta will challenge competitor American Airlines on the LAX-DCA route with this service and certainly has the superior product with lie flat seating in First Class on that sector.
USA Today (access here) reported about it yesterday.
Delta Air Lines will launch a new cross-country route from Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA), where flight schedules are capacity controlled and restricted by distance.
Delta will begin flying from DCA to Los Angeles on April 24 2017, offering one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 757-200 aircraft that include lie-flat seats in first class.
Swanky lie-flat seats have become one of the latest competition flashpoints among airlines on high-profile cross-country routes. However, Washington had not yet become a player in the domestic lie-flat market, with airlines focusing mostly on flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco for sleeper seats. American, Delta, United and JetBlue all offer lie-flat options on those routes. …
Some other domestic routes get occasional lie-flat options on various carriers, though those tend to be positioning flights between hubs and not a concerted effort to introduce that high-end product into those markets.
But, with Delta, the Washington market now appears to be joining the mix of cities being targeted for regular lie-flat service on domestic routes.
Washington National, better known as Reagan National, is a popular choice for those passengers who actually go into D.C. compared to the main airport Washington-Dulles (IAD) which has plenty of connections but is located far outside the city with mediocre transportation options.
Delta might be able to get a good chunk of paid premium business on that route because if one has the choice of flying American’s rather antiquated product or the nice DeltaOne cabin; the choice is clear unless the factor of loyalty programs comes too much into play.