Delta Links The Empire State And The Lone Star Sta

Aug 18, 2005
Delta Links the Empire State and the Lone Star State
Wednesday August 31, 10:00 am ET
Delta Connection offers new non-stop service, special introductory fares between JFK and Austin, San Antonio

ATLANTA, Aug. 31, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- This fall Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL - News) will give residents of the Big Apple and central Texas a faster, easier way to connect. On Oct. 15, Delta Connection carrier Shuttle America will offer customers two daily, roundtrip flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and one daily, roundtrip flight between JFK and San Antonio International Airport. The new service will feature the next-generation, 70-seat Embraer 170 aircraft with first class and economy seating.

``Our new flights will provide the only non-stop service between New York's JFK and both these popular Texas destinations,'' said Bob Cortelyou, Delta's vice president-Network Planning. ``Business customers and leisure travelers alike will appreciate this great new access on this great new aircraft between these important commercial markets.''

To encourage customers to fly nonstop between the Big Apple and Texas, Delta is offering special low introductory fares of $99 each way, based on a roundtrip purchase, for travel between Oct. 15 and Dec. 20, 2005. Customers should hurry to take advantage of these fares, as tickets must be purchased by Sept. 15, 2005. Additional taxes/fees/restrictions apply. These fares are available for purchase only on or from a travel agent. See below for more details.

The Delta Connection Embraer 170 aircraft provides superior passenger comfort in the form of a larger cabin with maximized cabin width at shoulder level, a wider aisle, larger seats, higher baggage capacity, improved personal space and increased leg room. The aircraft features 70 seats: a six-seat first-class cabin that offers customers two-and-one seating, and a coach cabin with 64 seats in a two-by-two configuration.

Delta's new daily non-stop service between New York and Austin
effective Oct. 15:
Flight Departs Arrives
6438 New York (JFK) at 12:30 p.m. Austin at 3:50 p.m.
6437 New York (JFK) at 6:40 p.m. Austin at 9:59 p.m.
6436(a) Austin at 7 a.m. New York (JFK) at 11:50 a.m.
6438 Austin at 4:20 p.m. New York (JFK) at 9:10 p.m.
(a) Flight begins Oct. 16

Delta's new daily non-stop service between New York and San Antonio
effective Oct. 15:
Flight Departs Arrives
6439 New York (JFK) at 9:20 a.m. San Antonio at 12:45 p.m.
6439 San Antonio at 1:15 p.m. New York (JFK) at 6:10 p.m.

Austin, the state capital of Texas, is home to the headquarters of computer giant Dell, Inc., and Freescale Semiconductors, and supports a thriving music and entertainment industry. San Antonio -- site of The Alamo -- is the state's historic heart, and features the popular Riverwalk area as well as the Spanish colonial legacy of the Mission Trail.

Delta Air Lines is the world's second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offering daily flights to 487 destinations in 88 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. Delta's marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem frequent flier miles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at

All travel will be on the Delta Connection carrier Shuttle America.

Restrictions: Fares shown are available for purchase only on or from your travel agent. Tickets cost $5 more if purchased from Delta over the telephone or $10 more if purchased at an airport or city ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Travel agents may impose an additional service charge for ticketing. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Tickets: Fares shown are one way. Roundtrip purchase is required. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure, but no later than Sept. 15, 2005. See for online ticket purchase requirements and restrictions. Travel Period: Travel may begin on/after Oct. 15, 2005, and must be completed by Dec. 20, 2005. Blackout Dates: Travel is not permitted Nov. 23 and 27, 2005. Fare Validity: Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin only on non-stop Shuttle America flights and do not apply on Delta mainline flights. Minimum Stay: One night. Maximum Stay: Dec. 20, 2005. Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Fares are nonrefundable. Delta may permit you to apply a portion of the fare value to future travel upon payment of applicable fees and fare difference, otherwise the ticket will have no value. Delta may allow you to cancel certain tickets until midnight of the day after purchase (or midnight of the departure date of the first flight, whichever comes first) without penalty if purchased at the time of reservation directly from Delta. Contact a Delta agent or visit for details. Taxes/Fees: Fares do not include a $3.20 Federal Excise Tax that will be imposed on each flight segment in the passenger's ticketed itinerary. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $18.00, depending on itinerary or September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 per roundtrip. These taxes and fees are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is purchased. Miscellaneous: Fares and rules are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. © 2005 Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Looks like the only thing he forgot to mention after 'superior passenger comfort' was what aircraft are they comparing too? While I agree it beats flying a Cessna 172 that far, don't think it compares to a 'Delta Jet.' By the way, where is the DOT imformation on Shuttle America published so as to compare safety, on-time performance, and baggage info. Can the 170 actually fly that far with fuel res?

If the major carriers are going to contract out all their work, isn't it time the public finds out who they are actually flying on? Just a few months ago, Shuttle America's fleet consisted of Saab 340's. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Chatauqua, Republic, Wexford Management or whoever they are this week, buy the certificate to avoid paying penalties to American Airlines in violation of their scope clause. They transfered pilots to the 'other certificate,' while the current Saab pilot group has not been integrated. In short, new certificate, new fleet, new crews, new ways to circumnavigate Delta mainline, Comair, Skywest, scope clauses, ect. Us TV oldies ask 'Will the real Shuttle America stand up!'
The 170 is a very comfortable jet. I've ridden on USAir's. You really can't compare it too a CRJ/ERJ. They are two completely different animals. It also has the legs to make it from JFK to anywhere it Texas with gas to spare.

BUT it should be a mainline aircraft with mainline wages. It's bigger than the a DC9-10 series!

It's amazing to think that the Captain of a 70 seat jet flying half-way across the country will be making about 50 to 60 thousand a year and the first year FO will be making about 20K per year!

It's an absolute shame what the RJ and ALPA as done to this profession!
I expect that DL will slim its 50 seat and under fleet in bankruptcy which will only put more pressure on regional carrier wages. DL has tremendous ability to reshape the regional carrier industry since it has so many partners and controls such a large amount of capacity in the industry. I think it is a given that RJ operators high flying days will be a thing of the past, esp. since DL will be contracting for much more of its regional jet services.
I agree, there has been a rumor that they will take 100 or so 50 seaters out of use and try to get more 70 seaters up and running.
I totally agree that now since the FAA doesn't seem to care anymore about contract services, the managements are masters at finding and arranging the lowest bidder. Since Shuttle America's new employee group is so much cheaper than Comair or Delta, they will shift as much flying as possible in the 70 to 100 seat range. Who cares anymore about years of experience, it's all about money.