Delta and its SkyTeam partners are beefing up their presence in Florida, combining to add three new trans-Atlantic routes as well as three routes within the state. Delta on Saturday began nonstop service between Miami and London Heathrow with one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 767-400 jets. The London route follows another added from Miami by Delta partner KLM, which on Sunday began flying four nonstop flights a week to its hub in Amsterdam. KLM is using MD-11 jets on that route.
On June 7, Air France -- another of Delta's key partners -- will begin nonstop service between Orlando and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Air France will operate three flights a week on that route using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Delta says in a press release that "the airlines will operate the new Florida flights under their trans-Atlantic joint venture, an agreement, which also includes Alitalia, that allows the partners to coordinate flights and share costs and revenues of the service. For customers, it means more choices for booking, destinations and schedules, additional opportunities to earn and redeem miles and consistent service regardless of which airline operates the flight."