Delta Air Lines launches flights from Los Angeles to Oakland

The North American airline plans to offer its first-ever route to New Zealand.


Delta Air Lines (DL) is looking to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere summer as the airline plans to offer its first-ever route to New Zealand, operating daily from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) direct to Auckland International Airport (AKL).


The airline is looking to expand its range Pacific Arrival, complementing direct Delta services already provided from Los Angeles to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD) and Papeete Faa International Airport, Tahiti (PPT).

that Airbus A350-900 Service to Aotearoa (New Zealand) is expected to operate seven days a week, with a capacity of 306 passengers. 32 in Delta One Business, 48 ​​in Premium Economy, 36 in Delta Comfort, and 190 in the main cabin.

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Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900

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More options from Los Angeles

Delta is deepening its relationship with the LAX World Center. Los Angeles World Airports CEO Justin Erpaci commented on the route announcement:

LAX continues to grow its global network of destinations connecting Angelenos to every corner of the globe, and Delta’s addition of continuous service from Los Angeles to New Zealand is in line with the airline’s commitment to expanding and improving service to our region,

Along with Delta’s international additions to Sydney and Tahiti, this is another exciting result of the ongoing and strong collaboration between LAX and Delta Air Lines as we connect more people across the Pacific and beyond.”

LAX's Pacific Options

Source: GCMap

On sale from January 21

Road tickets will go on sale from January 21, with the first flight south scheduled to take off on October 28. As the Southern Hemisphere heads into warmer temperatures, it is expected that Delta will hope to use LAX as a connection point from the north. American network for those heading south.

Being the only US airline operating directly from LAX to Auckland, it will no doubt face stiff competition from Air New Zealand. Oakland currently welcomes three more US carriers to its shores, United Airlines direct from San Francisco, American Airlines direct from Dallas, and Hawaiian Airlines direct from Honolulu.

Before the pandemic, American Airlines also offered direct LAX service to Oakland, and this didn’t materialize even as travel restrictions thawed. American (AA) was also poised to offer the first North American connection for the South Island, from LAX directly to Christchurch International Airport (CHC); However, COVID-19 has halted Christchurch’s aspirations.

Air New Zealand Boeing 777

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Stiff competition from Air New Zealand

New Zealand’s national carrier, Air New Zealand, has been running a route to Los Angeles for decades. Delta’s daily service will compete with Air New Zealand’s nine weekly services Boeing 777-300.

Here is a list of current direct options from North America to New Zealand:

Air Canada (AC)

  • Seasonal service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)

Air New Zealand (New Zealand)

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)
  • Honolulu Daniel K Inoue International Airport (HNL) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)
  • New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)

American Airlines (AA)

  • Seasonal service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)

Delta Airlines (DL)

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Oakland International Airport (AKL) Starting October 28th

Methods of AKL USA

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Hawaiian Airlines (HA)

  • Honolulu Daniel K Inoue International Airport (HNL) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)

Qantas Airways (QF)

  • New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Oakland International Airport (AKL) Starting June 14th

United Airlines

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Oakland International Airport (AKL)

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  • Delta A350

    Delta Airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    DL/DAL

    Airline type:
    full service carrier

    Axis(s):
    Boston Logan International Airport, Wayne County Detroit Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1929

    alliance:
    sky team

    Executive Director:
    Ed Bastian

    nation:
    United State

  • Air New Zealand, Boeing 787, paint issue

    Air New Zealand

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    NZ/ANZ

    Airline type:
    full service carrier

    Axis(s):
    Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport, Wellington Airport

    Year Founded:
    1965

    alliance:
    Star Alliance

    Executive Director:
    Greg Foran

    nation:
    New Zealand

  • Airport - LAWA Brosseau - 4

    Los Angeles International Airport

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    Salmon/clacks

    nation:
    United State

    Executive Director:
    Justin Arpachi

    number of passengers:
    48,007,284 (2021)

    Runways:
    6L/24R – 2,721m (8,926 ft) |6R/24L – 3,318m (10,885 ft) |7L/25R – 3,939m (12,923 ft) |7R/25L – 3,382m (11,095 ft)

    Stations:
    Terminal 1 | Terminal 2 | Terminal 3 | Tom Bradley International Station | Terminal 4 | Building 5 | Building 6 | Building 7 | Building 8

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