The Transcontinental battle for premium passengers is heating up as United leaves JFK for Newark and Delta, Jetblue, and American all beef up their schedules to offer more premium lay flat seats coast to coast than ever before!
With today’s announcement from Delta, business travelers and those looking to secure an upgrade or even an economy seat between LAX and SFO and the New York area, will have more options this fall than ever before. Furthermore, the United States will see newer jets and widebody internationally configured jets along with internationally configured 757s plying the domestic route!
Per Delta airlines:
As of November 2015, Delta will increase service between New York-JFK and Los Angeles International Airport from nine to 10 daily peak-day flights. Four flights will be operated with Boeing 767 widebody aircraft, which provide direct aisle access for all Delta One customers, and six flights will use Boeing 757 aircraft featuring new interior modifications that have been completely refurbished from nose to tail.
Delta will also be upgrading three of its eight daily flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco to Boeing 767 widebody aircraft, making the airline the only carrier to operate widebody service on both routes.
This network expansion, which will allow Delta to offer the most seats of any airline between New York-JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco, accompanies the airline’s other noteworthy investments both on the ground and in the air.
Jetblue is expanding Mint Transcontinental service at JFK by adding 1 additional frequencies daily between SFO and LAX for a total of 6 and will increase service to LAX from 7 daily frequencies to 9. JetBlue will also be the only airline to offer layflat premium service from Boston to the west coast.
American is expanding their transcontinental A32T service from JFK by increasing aircraft utilization. Their currently scheduling increases service from nearly 10 to 11 time daily service between JFK and LAX to 13 times daily starting at the end of October, SFO service will remain with 5-7 frequencies depending on the day of the week. American is the ONLY airline to offer three cabin service with First, Business, and Econony class.
(AA business Class)
As United transfers service to Newark, they will become the sole provider of transcontinental premium service from New York – Newark, but will also provide the most frequencies of any airline from SFO and LAX to the New York area.
Expect fare wars and awesome deals this fall on these routes as more service and more seats than we’ve seen in recent years flood the New York to LAX and SFO markets. Every airline is going to try to undercut each other in order to dominate the transcontinental market.