Delta Airlines 737
Delta Boeing 737. Photo courtesy of Delta Airlines

Will you be able to afford lie-flat beds in first-class luxury on your next trip to Washington, D.C.’s closest airport to the nation’s capital?

Government workers may be squashed into the back in economy while well-heeled lobbyists dream up front, but regardless of the comfort level,  Delta Air Lines will begin daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on April 24.

“We’re pleased that Delta’s growth and investment on the West Coast has created an opportunity to provide new direct service to and from Washington- Reagan,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s vice president-sales, West Region.

Delta will use Boeing 757-200 aircraft for the flights, making it “the only airline to offer full flat-bed seats in First Class on this route frequented by customers in government, defense, entertainment and consulting services,” according to the carrier.

Delta operates 54 peak-day flights to 11 destinations from Washington- Reagan or DCA. Because of DCA’s perimeter rule, only 20 roundtrip flights beyond 1,250 nautical miles are made available to commercial carriers, according to the airline.

To provide service to the West Coast, Delta officials said they will reallocate one of the carrier’s two “beyond-perimeter” roundtrip flights from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. At the same time, the airline will begin service from Washington-Dulles to Salt Lake City, maintaining the number of total seats Delta offers between the D.C. area and Salt Lake City.

—City News Service

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