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Delta Air Lines (DAL) to Expand Flight Services in London

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In a bid to expand further, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL - Free Report) stated that it will operate a second daily flight connecting London-Heathrow to Detroit Wayne Country Metropolitan Airport during summer 2019. The carrier has also decided to increase the frequency of flights connecting London-Heathrow and Portland International Airport. The flights will operate on a daily basis during summer in the next year compared with the current schedule of three or four times a week.

The new flights, once operational, will boost connectivity between London and the United States. Delta has also decided to launch non-stop flights connecting Boston and Lisbon on May 23, 2019.

All these services highlight the carrier’s consistent focus on broadening its trans-Atlantic network. Earlier this year, Delta completed 10 years of service at London-Heathrow. It currently operates nine daily flights to seven cities.


In spite of upbeat expansion efforts, the computer glitches faced by the Atlanta, GA-based carrier are impediments.  In fact, a similar disruption affected Delta's domestic operations in September. Although the hour-long computer glitch was resolved, the carrier’s record with respect to such disruptions is disappointing. The company had encountered similar issues in 2017 and 2016 as well. In fact, technical glitches are massive impediments for companies in the airline space. Since airlines spend a lot on technological infrastructure, their profitability are liely to be hurt due to such malfunctions.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Delta carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), at present.

A few better-ranked stocks in the broader Transportation Sector are C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW - Free Report) , ArcBest Corporation (ARCB - Free Report) and Triton International Limited (TRTN - Free Report) . While C.H. Robinson and Triton carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), ArcBest sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Shares of C.H. Robinson, ArcBest and Triton have gained 5%, 42.8% and 6.5% in the past six months, respectively.

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