LOS ANGELES - Delta Air Lines will launch daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Mexico City on Dec. 1, 2017. The flight, which is subject to government approval, will connect Delta's LAX hub to partner Aeromexico's Mexico City hub and complement Aeromexico's existing industry-leading schedule between the cities.
The flight is an important addition for Delta at LAX, marking the airline's return to the L.A.-Mexico City market for the first time since 2005 and further strengthening Delta and Aeromexico's No. 1 position in the market. In May, the airlines announced five new non-stop markets starting by the end of 2017: Atlanta to Merida and Queretaro, Mexico; Los Angeles to Leon, Mexico; and Seattle and Portland to Mexico City. The new and increased service comes as the airlines implement a Joint Cooperation Agreement, the No. 1 airline alliance between the U.S. and Mexico, under which the carriers will provide customers with expanded travel options and choice while deepening the relationship they have shared for more than 20 years.
"L.A. is the No. 1 U.S. market to Mexico, and together Delta and Aeromexico offer the absolute best schedule between our hub at LAX and Aeromexico's hub in Mexico City with 7 daily flights," said Ranjan Goswami, Delta's Vice President – Sales, West Region. "Our combined schedule gives customers access to more choices and 20 destinations beyond L.A., and our recent relocation to Terminals 2 and 3 makes it more convenient than ever for customers to connect to those destinations from LAX."
"2017 is the year of Mexico in Los Angeles, a testament to the great numbers of Mexican Americans who call Los Angeles home, and the many more Angelenos who visit family and friends, vacation or do business in Mexico each year," said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. "International flights are a strong driver of economic activity for our region, and I applaud Delta's decision to return to the Mexico City market after 15 years."
The Los Angeles-Mexico City flight will be operated using an Airbus A319 aircraft, which features new seats throughout the cabin with adjustable headrests, new seatback in-flight entertainment screens, in-seat power available for all customers, high capacity overhead bins, ambient lighting, as well as new lavatories. Delta's A319s have a total of 132 seats, 12 in First Class, 18 in Delta Comfort+ and 102 in Main Cabin. All aircraft flying to and from Mexico have AVOD, Wi-Fi and power at every seat.
Aeromexico offers six daily roundtrip flights between LAX and Mexico City using Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, giving travelers an industry-leading schedule in the top U.S.-Mexico transborder market. In 2016, Delta and Aeromexico carried over 7 million customers to and from Mexico.