Subject to government approval, Delta Air Lines plans to launch new daily non-stop services from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport on June 2 and June 16, 2014, respectively.
Tickets for Delta Air Lines’ planned new services from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (IATA code SEA) will be available for purchase from August 24.
“By offering new service from Seattle to Seoul and Hong Kong, Delta will now offer customers service to the top five destinations in Asia,” says Mike Medeiros, Delta’s vice president – Seattle. “Our expanding Seattle network, combined with investments in our aircraft, the airport and the community shows our commitment to become Seattle’s premier international carrier.”
Medeiros was recently chosen to lead Delta’s overall Seattle strategy, which encompasses expanding airport operations, alliance partnerships, corporate customers and government and community involvement.
The new Delta Air Lines services from Seattle to Seoul and Hong Kong will complement the carrier’s existing services linking Seattle with Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. According to Delta, the five destinations are the leading commercial centers in the region. Seoul’s Incheon International Airport is also the home of Korean Air, like Delta a member of the SkyTeam Alliance.
With the two planned new services, Delta will serve 17 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. It primarily serves them via its U.S. gateways at Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, but also via its Asia hub at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.
Since 2009, Delta’s Pacific seat capacity has increased over 20 per cent, driven in large part by the airline’s development of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport into core Asia gateways.
Like all other Delta transpacific flights, the carrier’s planned new Seoul and Hong Kong services will feature flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin – each seat offering direct aisle access – as well as Economy Comfort seating and in-flight entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft.
Delta’s BusinessElite service includes a five-course gourmet meal, paired with a wine menu curated by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. The in-flight experience is completed with Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, which includes exclusively designed pillows and comforters, as well as Tumi amenity kits with products from Malin+Goetz.
Every seat throughout the aircraft offers a personal on-demand entertainment system featuring an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games.
Delta will operate its Seoul service with 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Each is fitted with 35 flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in the Economy Comfort premium-economy cabin and 143 Economy class seats.
The airline will operate its Hong Kong service with 234-seat Airbus A330-200 jets. Each has 34 flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 168 Economy class seats.
Seattle is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways and last month the airline announced new non-stop service between Sea-Tac and London Heathrow Airport beginning in March 2014.
Since May, Delta service in Seattle has expanded from 33 peak-day departures to 13 destinations to its current schedule of 44 peak-day departures to 18 destinations, including six international routes.
Delta has also invested $14 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters.
The planned schedule for Delta’s Seattle-Seoul service will see flight DL199 depart SEA daily at noon from June 2 and arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) at 3:30 p.m. the following day, local time.
In the other direction, flight DL198 will leave ICN at 5:20 p.m. daily from June 3 and reach SEA at 12:05 p.m. the same day, local time.
Delta’s planned schedule for its Seattle-Hong Kong service calls for flight DL139 to push back from the gate at SEA at 1:30 p.m. daily from June 16 and touch down at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) at 6:45 p.m. the following day, local time.
In the other direction, flight DL138 is timed to depart HKG at 10:00 a.m. daily from June 18 and get to SEA at 7:55 a.m. the same day, local time.
Each of the two new round-trip flights will cross the International Dateline in each direction.