Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Delta Air Lines announces new destinations from Seattle

Delta Air Lines on May 27 announced that it will be adding new service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to popular ski and beach destinations starting in late 2014.

The airline will begin service to Spokane, Wash., and Calgary, Alberta on Nov. 3 and will add new flights to Maui, Hawaii; Bozeman, Mont.; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Puerto Vallarta on Dec. 20. The additional flights will give Seattle-area travelers more choice as the airline continues growing its domestic and international network in the Emerald City, the carrier said in a news release announcing the new service.

"As part of our expanding network, Seattle customers will now have direct jet service to popular ski and beach destinations while enjoying Delta's investments in the airport as well as onboard every flight," Mike Medeiros, Delta's vice president – Seattle, said. "With every addition, our goal is not only to offer more choices but also to provide a unique experience that only a global carrier can deliver."

There are, however, caveats that apply to the new international service. Service to the Canadian and Mexican destinations are pending the approval of those governments. In addition, Puerto Vallarta service is awaiting U.S. government approval and is not yet available for sale.

Delta’s November launch of new service to Spokane International Airport (GEG) will consist of four daily flights using two-class, 65-seat CRJ-700 aircraft. Pending the receipt of the necessary OKs, the airline will operate two daily flights to Calgary International Airport (YYC) using two-class, 76-seat Embraer E-175 aircraft.

New service beginning in December will include one daily flight to Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) using a Boeing 757-200 aircraft and one daily seasonal flight to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) through Jan. 4, 2015, then Saturday service from Jan. 10 through March 28, 2015, using two-class, 76-seat Embraer E-175 aircraft.

Delta plans four weekly flights to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) through Jan. 10, 2015, then Saturday service beginning Jan. 17, 2015, using an Airbus A319 aircraft. The carrier also plans four weekly flights to Puerto Vallarta's Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) through Jan. 10, 2015, then Saturday service beginning Jan. 17, 2015, using an Airbus A319 aircraft.

The airline is also poised to add new service to Asia starting in early June as it continues to expand its service to the Seattle market. Delta will begin nonstop service to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Hong Kong (HKG) on June 2 and 16, respectively.

The airline’s expansion plans for the Seattle market includes new or expanded service to San Francisco (SFO); Fairbanks, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska (JNU); San Jose, Calif. (SJC); San Diego (SDO); Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR); Portland, Ore. (PDX); Phoenix (PHX); Palm Springs, Calif. (PSP); Tucson, Ariz. (TUS); and Jackson Hole, Wyo. (JAC); as well as expanded service to Anchorage (ANC); Las Vegas (LAS) and Los Angeles (LAX).

By this summer, Delta says it will offer more international service from Seattle than all other carriers combined with 10 daily destinations and more than 2,500 daily international seats as part of the market's 86 peak-day departures to 26 destinations.

Delta (NYSE: DAL) currently operates 50 peak-day departures to 18 destinations from Seattle.

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