There’s only one problem. Delta doesn’t have any gates at Dallas Love Field, which is considerably closer to downtown than the much larger DFW Airport. For 35 years, thanks to something called the Wright Amendment, airlines have been banned from flying long-haul domestic flights from Love Field.
Alaska Airlines is starting a single daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Why is this newsworthy?
It’s interesting because Salt Lake is a Delta hub. For years, Delta and Alaska have been partners, and they’ve generally complemented each other on routes, rather than directly competed. But in the past year, Delta has taken a different approach, adding new flights from Seattle, which has long been dominated by Alaska. Alaska executives have publicly said they aren’t too worried about competing with Delta, but privately they can’t be pleased about the way this relationship has changed.
And so Alaska has announced new service into Delta’s Salt Lake hub. In addition to Los Angeles, Alaska will add Salt Lake flights from Seattle, Portland, San Jose and San Diego. Delta and Alaska will be competing directly on all of these routes. But Alaska is only putting one or two flights on each route, so presumably the risk is relatively minor.
Alaska will be competing with Delta, United, American and Southwest between LAX and Salt Lake. Here’s the Los Angeles schedule:
With more people traveling with laptops and tablets, you would think airlines would get out of the business of providing in-seat entertainment. They could give passengers some in-seat power and internet and let them fend for yourself.
But Mike Henny, Delta’s director of customer experience, says his airline has no plans to stop giving passengers in-seat entertainment. In fact, he expects Delta will continue to invest in in-seat entertainment, with sharper, clearer screens with even better resolution. That sort of investment is expensive, but Henny said customers demand it.