Transcontinental Flight Returning, Bradley To LAX

Delta will restore its Bradley to Los Angeles service in June, bringing back Connecticut’s only nonstop flight to the West Coast, the Associated Press reports.

The flight will operate every day of the week except Saturday. When Delta suspended that service in September 2008, flights had been cut down to four times weekly.

This is a sign of economic recovery in the airline industry, or at least a sign that the airlines expect recovery. Bradley has also seen the restoration of its nonstop Bradley to Denver service, previously provided by Frontier and now by Southwest. It remains to be seen whether Delta will restore Bradley’s only nonstop transatlantic flight, to Amsterdam, which was operated by Northwest before the two airlines merged.

The new Delta flight begins June 10. It will depart Bradley at 7:50 p.m. and arrive at 10:54 p.m., an unusually late departure for an east-west transcontinental flight. The scheduled flight time is six hours and four minutes and the equipment is a 737-800.

Allow me a second to bitch about the Delta 737-800, which has a terrible lavatory configuration from the coach passenger’s point of view. The front lavatory, right behind the cockpit, is reserved for first-class passengers. There are two coach lavatories at the rear for 144 coach seats (the 800 model is sort of a stretch version) but these can be blocked by a single beverage cart in the aisle.

So my advice is to lay off the coffee and beer before this flight — or sit in the back.

The return flight is a red-eye, departing LAX at 11:40 p.m. and arriving at Bradley at 8:05 a.m. for a scheduled flight time of five hours and 25 minutes, also on a 737-800.

Oddly enough, Delta seems to have a sale right now on the Bradley to Los Angeles route that expires two weeks before the nonstop flights begin. You’ll have to change planes somewhere, but the fare is only $220 round trip with all taxes and fees included. Travel must take place between April 12 and May 27.

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