Delta Air Lines has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch a new service between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda Airport.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will begin the new Seattle-Tokyo Haneda service on June 1.
The new flight to Tokyo Haneda Airport will add to a growing Asian gateway that Delta is creating at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In addition to launching Tokyo Haneda service in June, Delta will begin new service from Seattle to Shanghai on June 17.
Delta also operates flights from Seattle to Beijing, Narita International Airport (Tokyo’s other large international airport) and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport.
According to Delta, Seattle is the largest U.S. West Coast city without non-stop service to Haneda, which is the preferred Tokyo airport for many business travelers due to its proximity to the city’s central business district.
Its new Haneda flight will complement Delta’s existing non-stop service between Seattle and Narita International Airport, on which the airline will upgrade capacity to Boeing 747-400 flights on June 1.
Delta’s Boeing 747-400 fleet was recently retrofitted with new interiors featuring full flat-bed seats in their BusinessElite cabins, as well Economy Comfort premium-economy seating and in-flight entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft.
Once the Boeing 747-400 is deployed on the Seattle-Narita route, all of Delta’s transpacific flights will feature full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite as well as Economy Comfort and individual in-flight entertainment throughout the aircraft.
In addition to its Asian gateway operation, Delta operates non-stop service to Paris and Amsterdam from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. By next summer the airline will operate more than 40 daily flights to 15 destinations from Seattle.
Delta’s international growth in Seattle is possible because of its partnership with Alaska Airlines, which operates a domestic hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Customers of both carriers have access to an expanded network under a codesharing agreement, as well as reciprocal frequent flier benefits and airport lounge access.
According to Delta, its new Tokyo Haneda flight will benefit from easy connections to 55 U.S. cities on Delta’s and Alaska’s domestic networks.