Delta Air Lines has announced new service to Orange County, California from New York JFK. This new transcontinental flight is great news for the region, but not a game-changer for premium traffic.
This new service will operate six times weekly (every day except Saturday) using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft in the following configuation:
- 12 in First Class
- 18 in Delta Comfort+
- 94 in Economy Class (Main Cabin)
|John F. Kennedy International – John Wayne Airport|
|JFK at 8:30 a.m.||SNA at 11:45 a.m.||Sun. – Fri.|
|John Wayne Airport – John F. Kennedy International|
|SNA at 12:30 p.m.||JFK at 9:00 p.m.||Sun. – Fri.|
These first class seats will have 37″ of pitch and limited recline. Meanwhile, Delta runs 10 nonstop flights per day between LAX and JFK, all with lie-flat seats in business class.
Delta Beats JetBlue
When JetBlue fanned the rumor flames last month about its Southern California expansion, I mused that Orange County would be an excellent option to commence service and offer MINT (business class). A reader rightly pointed that the runway at SNA could not handle an Airbus A321.
While the short runway at John Wayne / Santa Ana / Orange County (SNA) precludes an A321, a 757-200 would be possible. I still believe there is great potential to charge a hefty premium for a premium product out of the wealthy Orange County region. Perhaps Delta is testing out its 737-700 first and may upgrade to a 757-200 if the service proves profitable.
A question to any of my readers in Orange County: will you take this nonstop Delta flight to New York as opposed to driving to Los Angeles? In terms of economy class, I do not think it worthwhile, but if you are flying business class the product ex-LAX and ex-SNA are very, very different. For me, a redeye would merit a drive to LAX…no question about it. For the 12:30p departure, though, I’d probably just stick to the inferior business class product to save the hassle of the drive.