While we always see a lot of lie-flat equipped aircraft operating the highly competitive New York to Los Angeles/San Francisco routes, we have not seen very much in the way of competition for other coast-to-coast routes like Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. As someone who has flown his fair share of transcons in domestic first recliner style seats, Delta’s announcement that they will be introducing a fully lie-flat option for the ~5 hour flight between Washington-Reagan and LAX is a very welcome one!
I will be the first to admit that I am no fan of Delta. I used to be a loyal Medallion member with status and they were my go-to airline of choice. But years of poor customer service and a complete gutting of their frequent flyer program forced me over to American. Although I still believe that Delta’s customer service and frequent flyer program are woefully lacking, they do have one of the best (if not the best) hard product available for most domestic flights and their on-time percentages are unrivaled by most any other domestic carrier.
Per an October 7th press release from Delta, Delta will add a daily non-stop flight between Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington-Reagan (DCA) that will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 that is equipped with fully lie flat seats.
Delta’s 757-200s that are equipped with fully lie flat seats are in a 2-2 configuration spread across 4 rows.
The seats feature 76″ of pitch and 22.2″ of width.
Each seat contains its own in-flight entertainment system and are the seats are the same style that United and American utilize on their transcon routes.
The service will start April 24, 2017, and will operate with the following schedule which is absolutely ideal for business travelers:
I would anticipate that this route will be treated like Delta’s other premium transcon routes, which means we will likely see small amenity kits and premium food and beverage options available.
Award inventory for this route has already been loaded and ranges anywhere from 37.5k SkyMiles (for weekend/non-peak business travel days) to 60k SkyMiles (for peak business travel days) one-way.
If you wanted to purchase a ticket on these flights, prices seem to consistently be just under $600 each direction for the flight any day of the week.
Hopefully this means that United and American will follow suite as well and start offering lie flat services on their routes between Washington-Reagan and the West Coast!
While I am not a huge fan of Delta from a customer service/frequent flyer program standpoint, they definitely are one of the premier U.S. airlines for product and on-time percentages. I spend a good amount of time in the Washington, D.C. area and I can easily see myself switching to Delta for transcon routes to Los Angeles just to get a lie flat seat. This was a really great move by Delta though to jump out ahead of the pack and on to another seemingly lucrative opportunity.
Do you think this will make American and United add lie flat service out of Washington-Reagan to the West Coast?
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