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Delta Air Lines claims it will offer more onward connections and on-board amenities than any other airline on the Edinburgh-New York route.

The year-round service to JFK airport starts today (Friday) and extends Delta’s UK network into Scotland.

The US carrier will offer 60 onward connections in the US including Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco.

The Edinburgh service will initially be operated using a 163-seat Boeing 757-200ER, with a larger 210-seat widebody Boeing 767-300ER during the summer, from June 9 to September 6.

All aircraft will be equipped with Wi-Fi in addition to complimentary on-demand in-flight entertainment in all cabins.

Films and TV shows can also be downloaded to tablet and laptop devices.

Delta’s vice president sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Frank Jahangir, said: “We’re looking forward to launching service to Scotland offering extensive travel options throughout the US for customers in the Edinburgh area, as well bringing thousands more American visitors to Scotland.

“Plus, as the only year-round nonstop flight between Edinburgh and New York-JFK, we are confident that the route will expand trade and tourism opportunities.

“VisitScotland statistics estimate that the new flight has the potential to bring an additional £23 million to the Scottish tourism industry in one year alone.”

The US is the top inbound tourism market to Scotland, with nearly 500,000 visitors in 2014 – an increase of 100,000 compared to the previous year.