Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.
Planned growth and customer enhancements include:
● Proposed new non-stop Delta Air Lines service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, if Delta receives approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT);
● Proposed new non-stop Delta service between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda Airport from March 30, again subject to DOT approval;
● Deployment of Delta’s Boeing 747-400 widebodies on flights between Seattle and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, the aircraft featuring a fully upgraded interior with full flat-bed seats in their BusinessElite cabins, individual in-flight entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft, expanded overhead bins and other amenities;
● Newly upgraded Boeing 767-300ER jets on Delta’s flights linking Seattle with Paris, Beijing and Osaka, these aircraft also offering full flat-bed seats in their BusinessElite cabins and upgraded amenities;
● Additional non-stop Delta service between Seattle and New York JFK from June 1, increasing Delta’s Seattle-New York schedule to five round-trips daily;
● Upgraded BusinessElite service on all Delta Seattle-JFK flights to match the product and amenities of Delta’s JFK service from Los Angeles and San Francisco;
● Improvements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including a new Delta Sky Club, new power ports throughout Delta’s facilities, expanded ticket counters, lobby renovations and other improvements; and
● An ongoing partnership between Delta and Alaska Airlines that includes codesharing in Seattle and shared customer benefits including reciprocal lounge access and linked frequent flier programs.
“Delta’s expansion in Seattle will link this important West Coast city even closer with key markets in Asia, boosting its economy, creating jobs and providing benefits to travelers across the Pacific Northwest region,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive. “This kind of international growth is possible only because of our partnership with Alaska, and customers of both our airlines will benefit from this newly strengthened relationship.”
“About 1,200 travelers connect on Alaska and Delta flights in Seattle every day,” said Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden. “We’re very pleased to offer them a seamless flying experience, highlighted by our renowned customer service. We’re also looking forward to providing travelers with new flying options to Asia on Delta that will feature significantly enhanced onboard amenities.”
On October 8, Delta filed an application with the DOT to offer daily non-stop service between Seattle and Shanghai from June 17, 2013. The proposed new flight would be Delta’s second route between Seattle and China, the carrier launching Seattle-Beijing service in 2010.
Delta plans to operate the Shanghai flight with 208-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 36 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 29 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats. Delta’s 767-300ERs feature in-flight entertainment in every passenger seat.
The airline’s proposed schedule for the new route would see its daily flight departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 2:45 p.m. from June 17 and reaching Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG) at 6:20 p.m. the next day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline.
In the other direction, Delta’s flight would leave PVG at 12:20 p.m. from June 19 and landing at SEA at 8:35 a.m. the same day, local time, again after crossing the International Dateline.
Delta also filed an application this past summer to begin non-stop service between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND). DOT is currently considering Delta’s Seattle-Haneda application along with competing Haneda requests by other carriers. The proposed Seattle-Haneda flight would complement Delta’s existing service between Seattle and Narita International Airport near Tokyo.
The airline would operate its Seattle-Haneda service with Boeing 767-300ERs and would begin service on March 30.
Delta’s proposed schedule for the new route would see its daily flight leaving SEA at 7:35 p.m. on March 30 and touching down at HND at 10:00 p.m. the next day, local time, after crossing the International Dateline.
In the other direction, the Delta flight would depart HND at midnight on March 31 and would get to SEA at 5:00 p.m. the previous day, local time, again after crossing the International Dateline.
Delta already operates non-stop service from Seattle to the Asian destinations of Beijing, Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. In addition, Delta offers non-stop service from Seattle to Paris and Amsterdam. By next summer the airline will operate more than 40 daily flights to 15 destinations worldwide from Seattle.
According to Delta, its partnership between Delta and Alaska Airlines is a major factor in enabling Delta to operate international flights from Seattle. The new Haneda service, for example, would benefit from easy connections to 55 U.S. cities on Delta and Alaska’s domestic networks, according to Delta.
The 376-seat Boeing 747-400s which Delta is scheduling for its Seattle-Narita service feature 48 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 42 Economy Comfort seats and 286 economy seats. Delta will be the only U.S. passenger airline operating the Boeing 747 from Seattle. Its 747-400s will begin flying the Seattle-Tokyo Narita route on June 1.
Delta will begin operating Boeing 767-300ERs with fully upgraded interiors on flights to Paris, Beijing and Osaka from October 28.
In addition, Delta is upgrading its Seattle-New York JFK flights to offer its BusinessElite service in June 2013, matching what the airline offers on its domestic transcontinental flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York.
Under Delta’s codesharing agreement with Alaska Airlines, Delta customers can access more than 50 markets beyond Seattle via Alaska’s domestic hub, while Alaska customers in the Pacific Northwest have access to more than 60 domestic Delta destinations, including extensive options over Delta’s Atlanta and Minneapolis-St. Paul hubs.
The two carriers review connecting flight schedules and make timing adjustments to shorten passenger connection times. Customers of both carriers receive reciprocal access to Delta’s Sky Club and Alaska’s Board Room airport lounges, as well as reciprocal frequent-flier benefits.
From its Seattle hub, Alaska provides service to more than 70 cities throughout North America. More than 200,000 international passengers connected between Alaska and Delta flights during the past year.