Delta Air Lines General Manager – Australia and New Zealand & Virgin Australia Joint Venture Clare Wheatley wants you to know that Delta Air Lines is “not just a normal regular US carrier” and they are “industry leading in the US”.
Speaking at the recent 2018 CAPA Queensland Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit in Brisbane, Ms Wheatley explored the history of Delta, the airline’s future investment plans, as well as the strategic partnerships it has in place around the world to enhance connectivity, with special notice on the Virgin Australia JV.
From an investment perspective, Delta announced a USD12 billion project to upgrade facilities in Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and La Guardia. “Some of these airports are getting brand new, purpose built terminals, others are getting completely renovated terminals,” advised Ms Wheatley. “Everything is going to get completely refreshed. Particular in Los Angeles, where we are building a brand new Sky Club, which will be the largest in our network, and include an outdoor sky deck.”
Delta’s network reaches 323 destinations in 57 countries, however when combined with global partners this increases to more than 662 destinations in 125 countries on six continents. This impressive network is fuelled by the vast transit opportunities within the US, Ms Wheatley confirms that about 60% of passengers go beyond Los Angeles to other destinations. “We feel we have a real strength there, being able to provide the network and the connectivity our passengers are looking for.”
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