Delta bolsters direct offerings to international anchors in Cape Town, Tel Aviv and Tahiti

Delta customers ready to travel the world will soon have more destinations to add to their bucket list with the launch of two never-before-seen nonstop routes from Atlanta to Cape Town* and Los Angeles to Tahiti*, both from December 17. The airline will also add nonstop service from Atlanta to Tel Aviv* starting next May.

“Providing our customers with new and additional access to these international cultural powerhouses is central to our unwavering commitment to connecting the world,” said Joe Esposito, Delta Senior Vice President – Network Planning. “As we continue to invest in our leadership position in Atlanta and Los Angeles, we know our customers will experience unparalleled connectivity to Delta’s global network coupled with our award-winning hospitality, whether traveling for business or pleasure.

With the addition of service to Cape Town from Atlanta, the world’s largest airline hub, Delta will expand its leadership position serving Africa, providing 10 times weekly service to South Africa in particular, via Cape Town and Johannesburg. The launch of additional service to Tel Aviv brings Delta’s total number of weekly flights to Tel Aviv to 13, from three US hubs – Atlanta, Boston and New York-JFK. And in Los Angeles, Delta reopened the first phase of the new Delta Sky Way at LAX earlier this year, with a Premier Delta Sky Club; the $2.3 billion joint investment in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports is expected to be completed next year.


A joint investment of $2.3 billion to modernize and upgrade one of the airline’s major global hubs.

The airline offers a choice of four experiences: Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin. Those who travel to Delta One will enjoy updated amenities and services, including handcrafted someone somewhere soft and comfortable toiletry bags bedding made from recycled materialspre-departure drink service, chef-prepared three-course meals, and decadent desserts with make-your-own sundaes.

Delta Premium Select, the airline’s premium economy cabin, includes more room to relax and stretch out with a wider seat with deeper recline and adjustable foot and leg rests. These customers will also receive upgraded comfort kits, noise canceling headphones, blankets and memory foam pillows to help them arrive rested and refreshed.

In the months ahead, Delta will continue to evolve the Delta Premium Select experience, with onboard enhancements designed with guest wellness in mind and personalized experiences that go beyond the seat. Customers can expect an elevated dining experience, premium service touchpoints and new one-of-a-kind amenity kits featuring carefully selected travel essentials. Whether customers want to relax, sleep, work, or catch up on the latest inflight entertainment on Delta Studio, they can plan to arrive at their final destination refreshed and invigorated.

All customers will have access to onboard Wi-Fi and Delta’s best seatback entertainment, while powering their own devices with in-seat power and USB ports. Customers will also be able to enjoy up-to-date premium food and beverage options from small businesses, global suppliers, and women-led and LGBTQ+ brands.


Lineup of New Products Highlights Small Businesses, Global Suppliers, and Women-Led and LGBTQ+ Brands, Building on Delta’s Recent Efforts to Create a People- and Values-Centered Onboard Experience .

Delta Vacations, a Delta Air Lines company, will help travelers go beyond flying with elevated all-in-one vacation experiences for The cap, Tahiti and Tel Aviv.

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Pictured: Cape Town, South Africa

Delta has reported steady progress in returning international travel during its Financial results for the June quarter 2022. International passenger revenues showed significant improvement in the quarter as travel restrictions and testing requirements continued to ease; the airline has steadily resumed service in many international markets, including recent relaunches to Copenhagen, Seoul, Prague and Tokyo.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said: “Delta has long connected Georgia to the world, and these two new direct flight destinations will provide our state with opportunities for continued growth with important economic partners. The State of Georgia has proudly supported Delta’s priority of providing services both in Tel Aviv and Cape Town, and we look forward to providing expanded travel options for Georgians, strengthening international ties and building new relationships in these regions.

US Senator Raphael Warnock said: “I was honored to support my home airline’s efforts with the Department of Transportation to secure nonstop flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Toronto International Airport. Heading to South Africa This announcement further solidifies Hartsfield-Jackson’s position as a leading gateway to the world, improves our country’s access to Africa and will be an economic boon to the greater South Africa region. Atlanta, generating up to $150 million a year.

Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, said: “International service is resuming at LAX, and we are excited about the addition of new routes to destinations around the world, giving our customers more vacation and travel options. We are thrilled that Delta is adding a new route to Tahiti, strengthening service and leveraging our joint investment in our airport facilities, including the incredible new Terminal 3 headquarters we recently opened together at LAX.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said: “Home to the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta is thrilled to welcome millions of travelers each year,” said Mayor Dickens. “Whether it’s coming to explore our city’s vibrant culture, vast array of attractions, or stopping in on a trip, there’s something for everyone. Delta Air Lines is at the forefront of commercial aviation with its latest announcement of groundbreaking services to Tel Aviv and Cape Town from Atlanta. We look forward to extending our hospitality to passengers heading to these destinations and are proud to call Delta Atlanta the hometown airline.

Anat Sultan-Dadon, Consul General of Israel in the Southeastern United States, said“We welcome Delta’s important decision to reinstate direct flights between Atlanta and Tel Aviv, a decision long overdue by many. These direct flights will serve to further strengthen the close relationship between Israel, the State of Georgia and the southeastern United States and we are confident that they will have a significant and positive impact on our relations in many areas, including political, economic, academic and cultural exchanges.

Yael Golan, Consul and Director, US Southern Region, Israel Ministry of Tourism, said“It is truly amazing that Delta is re-establishing its Atlanta-Tel Aviv route originally launched over 16 years ago. With nearly 250,000 visitors arriving in Israel in June alone, we are already almost back to 2019 numbers. With this flight providing an easier travel experience for many Americans, we hope to grow travel from the southern United States to new records. We appreciate Delta’s growing commitment to Israel as a destination and look forward to strengthening this partnership. »



Will operate Monday, Thursday and Saturday on the Airbus A350-900

Starts December 17, 2022

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Cape Town International Airport

  • Departure ATL at 8:50 p.m.
  • Arrives CPT at 6:15 p.m. (next day)

Cape Town International Airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Departure from the CPT at 10:50 p.m.
  • Arrives ATL at 8:00 a.m. (next day)


Will operate Wednesday, Friday, Sunday on the Airbus A350-900

Begins May 10, 2023 (westbound service begins May 8)

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Ben Gurion International Airport

  • Departure ATL at 2:00 p.m.
  • Arrives TLV at 9:15 a.m. (next day)

Ben Gurion International Airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • Departure from TLV at 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrival ATL at 5:55 p.m.


Will operate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday on the Boeing 767-300ER

Starts December 17, 2022

Los Angeles International Airport – Fa’a’ā International Airport

  • Leaving LAX at 11:10 a.m.
  • Arrives PPT at 6:10 p.m.

Fa’a’ā International Airport – Los Angeles International Airport

  • PPT departure at 8:10 p.m.
  • Arrives at LAX at 6:40 a.m. (next day)

* Operation of this route is subject to final government approval

Editor’s note: Media kits containing key information, photos and more for the aircraft mentioned above are also available.

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