Delta and Alaska Airlines Announce International Service Expansion
Delta and Alaska Airlines have announced an international service expansion from Seattle. Along with the growth plan that includes new service to Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda, the companies will also be instituting new customer enhancements and aircraft adjustments.
The new services will include nonstop Delta service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, effective June 17, 2013, and Delta service between Seattle and Haneda Airport in Tokyo, effective March 30, 2013, both pending approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Flights will depart Seattle at 2:45 p.m. and arrive in Shanghai at 6:20 p.m. the next day, and leave Shanghai at 12:20 p.m., and arrive in Seattle at 8:35 a.m.. The Seattle-Tokyo service will see flights depart from Seattle at 7:35 p.m. and arrive in Tokyo-Haneda at 10:00 p.m. the next day, and depart Tokyo-Haneda at 12:00 a.m. and arrive in Seattle at 5:00 p.m. Both routes will operate using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. There will also be additional nonstop Delta service between Seattle and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Additionally, Delta will deploy its flagship Boeing 747-400 jet, featuring fully upgraded interior and full lie-flat seats in BusinessElite, on flights for its already existing service between Seattle and Narita International Airport in Tokyo. For flights between Seattle and Paris, and Beijing and Osaka, Japan, Delta will be deploying its newly upgraded Boeing 767-300 aircraft, also offering lie-flat seats in BusinessElite.
Other improvements will include a new Delta Sky Club at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as well as new power ports throughout Delta’s facilities, expanded ticket counters, and lobby renovations. The ongoing partnership between Delta and Alaska will also include codesharing in Seattle, and customers will be able to access both airlines’ lounges and frequent flier programs.