The inaugural flight between Edinburgh and Boston with Delta Air Lines has taken off as the airline confirmed its New York JFK service is to become year-round.

The daily flight to Boston Logan International Airport will operate throughout the summer and is the airline’s second route from Edinburgh. It complements the existing New York JFK service and means Delta Air Lines with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic will offers two nonstop connections between the capital and United States every day this summer.

The New York JFK route will extend beyond the summer and into the winter for the first time, creating a year-round service.

The airport and airline celebrated the new route this morning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to departure, while a bagpiper offered a traditional welcome to guests on the inbound flight from Boston.

The flight is operated using a Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 164 seats.