Delta celebrates 40th year of flying to the UK

The 40th customer on selected flights was given access to the Heathrow lounge

Time sure flies fast. It has been four decades since an American airline carrier, Delta, connected the United States with the United Kingdom.

To celebrate the milestone, the airline was offering free lounge access and cabin upgrades to the 40th customer on selected flights taking off from the Terminal 3 of London Heathrow airport on Wednesday.

The intercontinental operation was launched on 1 May, 1978, when Grease was about to become a summer hit. Delta connected London-Gatwick with New Orleans with their L-1011 TriStar aircraft stopping in Atlanta.

Delta celebrates 40th anniversary of their operation in the UK — Delta Delta giving free upgrades to celebrate 40th year of flying to the UK — Delta
Delta have been flying between the UK and US for 40 years – Delta

Currently, Delta flies their Airbus A330 aircraft from Heathrow to Atlanta, New York and Detroit. The airline also serves four other US cities non-stop from Heathrow, as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow from JFK.

“We’ve consistently grown our network and invested heavily in our customer experience in the UK over the past 12 months with new menus, movies and messaging,” said Corneel Koster, Delta’s senior vice president – Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

“And in recent years, thanks to our exciting partnership with Virgin Atlantic, our customers have a first-class airport experience at Heathrow too.”

“What better way to celebrate our ruby anniversary than with our customers at the busiest UK airport, Heathrow?”

Delta’s partner, Virgin Atlantic, also joined the celebrations.

“Customers using the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow this month can enjoy a taste of America before they fly courtesy of a special Southern-fried chicken burger,” they said.

Delta also points out how the in-flight experience has changed over the years.

“Who could have predicted that Wi-Fi would now be standard and that customers could keep in touch with friends and family on the ground – for free – using Delta’s in-flight messaging service?”