Delta Air Lines, the third-largest carrier by market share at Los Angeles International Airport, plans to begin twice daily service to Boston on April 7.
The move continues a push by Delta to add flights from Los Angeles to some of the most important business markets in the United States. Delta is making a real run at LAX market share leaders American Airlines and United Airlines.
The Boston flights will be operated by 737-800 aircraft. Delta had been operating one daily round trip between Los Angeles and Boston on a seasonal basis. American, Jetblue, Virgin America and United all fly this route.
Delta has been steadily building up its flights at LAX, though this service appears to coincide more with an increase in flights in Boston. Ben Mutzabaugh of the Today in the Sky blog writes that Delta is competition with Jetblue in Boston.
In a Delta press release, Bob Cortelyou, senior vice president for Network Planning, called Boston an important city for the carrier.
“We continue to see a growing demand in Boston and increased flights next year will give our customers more direct service at more convenient times,” he said . “Boston is a key domestic city in our network, and we are committed to providing service that continues to keep us the preferred airline of our customers.”