Delta launching nonstop service to Iceland

Delta Air Lines is launching nonstop service between New York and Reykjavik, Iceland.

The new service begins June 1, 2011, subject to approval of the Icelandic government. When service starts, Delta will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Iceland nonstop from the United States, the airline said.

The flight, between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik, will be operated with a 170-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft. It will include 15 seats in BusinessElite and 155 seats in Economy, according to Delta.

The flight will also operate direct from Delta’s hub in Minneapolis-St. Paul under the same flight number, with a stop at New York-JFK.

In recent months, Delta has added new or expanded service between New York and Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; London-Heathrow and Manchester, England; Shannon, Ireland; Stockholm, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Delta also has announced new domestic service from New York, including new and expanded service to Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; San Antonio; Cleveland; Charlotte, N.C.; Orange County, Calif.; Baltimore; Montreal and Toronto.

“Our new flight to Iceland is another milestone in our efforts to be the leading domestic and international carrier in New York,” Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York, said in a news release. “We have always prided ourselves in offering a large number of unique destinations from our JFK hub to provide customers convenient access to growing but underserved global markets. The addition of Reykjavik also marks the first service in Iceland for SkyTeam, the leading global airline alliance that includes Delta, Air France-KLM, Alitalia and nine other airlines.”

The new Reykjavik flight will be operated as part of Delta’s trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia.

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