Delta has announced it will is double its services to Scotland for Summer of next year. For Outlander fans, this means plenty of time to plan that great Highland adventure.

Scotland, Isle of Skye, Public Domain Pixabay
Scotland, Isle of Skye, Public Domain Pixabay

The new service will launch on May 25, 2017, and will be the only nonstop fight between New York-JFK and Glasgow, operating daily throughout the summer. (Yes, yes. We know Glasgow isn’t in the Highlands..but it’s a great way to get there!)

Delta’s Glasgow service will be operated using a 164-seat Boeing 757-200ER with Main Cabin, Comfort+ and Delta One service classes.

All flights have Wi-Fi onboard, so you can keep up with the #outlander conversation at  30,000 feet and reach out to @Writer_DG for answers to niggling questions.

Delta has recently made all on-demand in-flight entertainment free in all cabins, so you won’t be bored–though there are a LOT of pages to get through if you’re not all caught up with Claire and Jamie.

Delta has a nice selection of movies and TV shows on its Delta Studio–but glaringly NOT in the catalogue (for now) is the Outlander series. This might just be a temporary oversight, but bring the book(s)!

“The arrival of Delta Air Lines in Glasgow is fantastic news for Scotland, and we really cannot underestimate the significance of this announcement, especially since it comes just as Glasgow Airport is about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its official opening,” said Amanda McMillan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports Ltd and Managing Director of Glasgow Airport. “Routes such as this enable Scotland to maintain and increase its global competitiveness. Not only will it play a major role in supporting our growing tourism industry, it will also provide Scottish businesses with yet another direct link to the world’s largest economy. New York is an iconic city for which there is huge demand, and passengers will be able to take advantage of Delta’s extensive route network through its hub at New York-JFK.”

  • The United States is the number one inbound tourism market to Scotland
  • Nearly half a million US tourists visited Scotland in 2014 – an increase of 100,000 over 2013
  • Scottish Government data reports that overall tourism spend of approximately £9.7 billion in 2014

“This announcement is a fantastic endorsement by one of the world’s biggest airlines for Scotland and the important growth opportunity that is Scottish tourism, coming, as it does, hard on the heels of the commencement of Delta’s new Edinburgh-JFK service,” said Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland. “Our strategy sees us working closely in partnership with airlines like Delta to develop and promote direct air connectivity to Scotland. This new service to Glasgow will be well timed to exploit the increased interest in Scotland and Scots heritage stimulated by the highly successful Outlander TV series and our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.”

Thank you Diana Gabaldon for making the past 25 years so very entertaining!

“The USA is Glasgow’s largest international market with 100,000 American visitors currently travelling to the city each year, contributing £38 million to the local economy,” said Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

“Delta’s new service to Glasgow Airport will bring a mix of leisure and business visitors to the city, as well as serving to increase our worldwide connectivity. We look forward to welcoming Delta to Glasgow and working closely with them and city partners to grow this key market,” McAveety added.

The flight will be operated in conjunction with Delta partner Virgin Atlantic Airways and adds to Virgin’s existing seasonal service from Orlando to Glasgow.

“As a core component of our global strategy, we are eager to build our network across the U.K. and offer more nonstop services from New York,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s Vice President – New York. “With this flight, Delta will operate to four airports in Scotland and England, offering both our business and leisure customers more choices when visiting the U.K.”

 

The schedule for the service between Glasgow and New York-JFK is:

Flight Departs Arrives
DL466 New York-JFK at 11.45p.m. Glasgow at 11.25 a.m. (+1 day)
DL266 Glasgow at 1.00 p.m. New York-JFK at 3.40 p.m.

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