What began as a trial in 2011 in Atlanta, and expanded last year to include Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York-JFK, is expanding again this month to include New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan, bringing the total number of U.S. airports served to 7.
The service isn’t for everyone and it can’t be requested or reserved. However, if you’re a frequent flyer on Delta (specifically one with Diamond Medallion status) you just might find a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid or Cayenne waiting for you at your gate to transfer you to your next flight. According to Delta, in 12 months, the service has assisted more than 35,000 of its most valued customers make their connections.
During a typical day more than 100 high-value customers are transferred from gate-to-gate at Delta’s largest hub in Atlanta. In total, there are 19 Porsche vehicles used across the Delta system to whisk customers quickly between connecting gates.
The service is provided to Diamond Medallion customers based on a number of factors including the day’s flight operations, connections times between flights for customers and a member’s status. Once customers are added to the priority list for the service by Delta’s Elite Services team, they are greeted at the aircraft boarding door and escorted with their baggage to an awaiting vehicle and on to their connecting gate.
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