Rejoice, red-eye haters! Delta will launch a daytime flight between JFK and London Heathrow (LHR) next year.
Service commences on March 28, 2020, increasing the mothership’s daily frequency of mainline flights to three between to the two cities. (FWIW, Virgin Atlantic already operates a morning departure leaving JFK every day at 8:05 AM.)
Currently scheduled as Delta flight number 5, the trip departs JFK at 10:15 AM daily. (The exception is March 28 before Daylight Saving Time takes effect in London; that day’s departure is scheduled for 11:15 AM). The flight is scheduled for seven hours and ten minutes, arriving Heathrow at 10:25 PM.
Delta said in a statement this “(marks) the airline’s first-ever daylight trans-Atlantic flight.” (For fellow AvGeeks who may be curious: the last time a flight with the callsign DL5 operated was June 7, 2018, between LAX and Las Vegas.)
The mothership’s refurbished 767-400s will operate the route. These aircraft will be outfitted with new Delta One seats, as well as Premium Select, Comfort+, and Main Cabin options.
A Great Option
As someone who doesn’t sleep well on planes (at least, when not in business or first class ;-)), I love this flight’s addition. It also gives New York-based travelers and those with early connections into JFK a chance to not endure red-eyes.
What do you think? Does the daylight flight appeal to you?
H/T: Travel Weekly