Next month, California travelers
will have another option when flying between San Francisco and Los Angeles when
Delta Connection launches hourly shuttle service using 76-seat E175s. The concept is identical to the E-Jet shuttle
service that it already operates between New York LaGuardia and Washington
National and Boston airports.
Fourteen times every business
day, with reduced frequency on weekends, the E175s will depart on-the-hour for
the 90-minute flight in the most heavily-travelled air market in
California. Delta is offering
high-frequency service between SFO & LAX in competition with United
Airlines, Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, US Airways and American
Airlines that fly between several airports in the San Francisco Bay area and
greater Los Angeles.
The Delta Connection E175s are
operated by Compass Airlines and configured with three seating zones to provide
a consistent product standard and passenger experience across the Delta
fleet. There are 12 First Class seats,
three rows of 12 seats at 34 inch pitch in Economy Comfort™, and 52 seats at 31
inches in Economy class. Because the
E175 has no over wing exits that can restrict seat placement, airlines have
more flexibility in configuring the aircraft cabin. United Express, American Eagle and Delta
Connection all configure their E-Jets in three-class layouts.
All Delta Connection E-Jets
feature inflight Wi-Fi connectivity from GoGo®. Frontier Airlines was the first E-Jet operator
to equip its E-Jet fleet with inflight internet access. Virgin Australia plans to outfit its E190s
with Wi-Fi later this year.
Delta’s new SFO-LAX shuttle again
showcases the versatility of Embraer E-Jets to fly in a range of business
applications. Airlines around the world are
operating the aircraft in traditional mainline service, on regional routes, in
low fare environments, as scheduled charter flights and also in high-frequency
shuttle markets. California travelers have
long associated Embraer with the venerable E120 turboprop that has been the
backbone of intra-state regional flights flown by SkyWest Airlines. Now with the Delta Shuttle, California
passengers will associate Embraer with an entirely new class of aircraft.