Delta was unable to fly its last commercial 744 flight from Detroit to Seoul because they couldn’t find enough pilots to operate the aircraft. Final joy rider flights with employees and high worth reward miles guests are happening this week as the type goes out of service.
Meanwhile with five A350-900’s already in service Delta is preparing to operate flights to Shanghai from LAX starting on July 18th.
The route is scheduled in such a way (crossing the date line in both directions) that it will mean the aircraft will have 20 hour downtime’s in LAX between flights.
It will also be up against a United 773ER on the same route.
Delta is focusing its first A359’s on its Detroit based Asian routes, but next May the first route to Europe starts with replacement of the A330 with A350 to Amsterdam.
It’s quite likely an A350 will eventually end up on the Heathrow route too, as the Delta One first class cabin is highly suited to the customer profile in London.