As Delta Air Lines re-focuses their fleet for growth, their list of “focus cities” has some FlyterTalkers raising an eyebrow. The new focus for the Atlanta-based carrier includes Austin, Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nashville, Tennessee.
If your future itineraries involve Music City USA, a break for chili over spaghetti, or a stop in Silicon Valley, Delta Air Lines wants to take you there. FlightGlobal reports the carrier announced several domestic upgraded city designations, including moving Boston to a hub city and smaller locations moving up to domestic focus cities.
The announcements came at the Airport Council International-North America JumpStart conference in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to moving Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) up to hub status, the new focus cities include Austin, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, NC, and San Jose, CA.
“We’ve been making significant investments in Boston this year,” Amy Martin, managing director of domestic network planning for Delta, told the conference. “This has really enabled us to graduate Boston from what we consider a focus city to our newest coastal hub.”
Much like in Seattle, Delta is challenging local carriers for passenger volume in the northeastern city. This year, the Atlanta-based airline wants to increase its optimal flight volume to 150 daily flights through adding new service from BOS to Chicago, Lisbon, Portugal, and Washington, D.C.
Although it’s Boston upgrading to a hub city that has many talking, FlyerTalkers are equally curious about Delta’s new focus cities. While cities like Cincinnati – the former home of Comair – make sense, others are curious how Raleigh-Durham and San Jose made the list.
“Don’t all of those cities have robust or growing tech sectors?” asks FlyerTalker kop84. “That would be the common theme at least at first glance.” Member cayohueso seems to have the same idea: “Austin is home to Apple’s secondary HQ with a million sqft campus and plans to expand it, making them the largest private sector employer in the city. I think San Jose fits into that plan.”
FlyerTalker jrkmsp has their own ideas on Delta’s growth. “It appears that Delta wants to be the biggest network carrier…at its focus cities,” they write. “So I’d say we could expect growth in flights to a point where that is a case.”
But FlyBitcoin found the best perk on becoming a “focus city.” “The Medallions in Nashville and at RDU got cool socks in the mail last year. That is the definition of ‘new focus city’ right there.”
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