Monday, June 2, 2014

Delta inaugurates new nonstop service from Seattle to Seoul

Delta Air Lines inaugurated new nonstop service from Seattle to Seoul’s Incheon airport (ICN) June 2, marking Delta's fourth nonstop international route added from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in a year.

"Delta's Seoul service is another key addition in our rapidly expanding international portfolio for corporate and leisure customers," Mike Medeiros, Delta's (NYSE:DAL) vice president – Seattle, said in a statement. "The Seattle market is geographically positioned to optimally connect traffic to all of our Asia destinations, which are the leading commercial centers in the region."

Other destinations added recently are London-Heathrow (LHR), Shanghai-Pudong (PVG) and Tokyo-Haneda (HND).

The Seoul flight, flight 0199, departs SEA at 12:25 p.m., and arrives at ICN at 3:35 p.m. the following day, owing to the crossing of the international date line. Return flights leave ICN at 5:20 p.m., arriving in Seattle at noon the same day.

Passengers will ride a 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 35 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats. Delta is the only carrier to offer full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite on every long-haul international flight from Seattle along with Economy Comfort seating and entertainment on demand in every seat throughout the aircraft, according to an April 22 news release issued by the airline.

Delta will also be adding new nonstop service from SEA to Hong Kong (HGK) on June 16.

The new flights are the latest in an aggressive expansion of service from Seattle. As previously reported on TheTravelPro, the airline in late May announced expansion of service from SEA to several popular ski and beach destinations starting in the fall. Those include destinations in the western U.S. and Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii.

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).

In addition to the recently added service to the U.K. and Asia, Delta also operates nonstop flights from SEA to Amsterdam (AMS), Beijing-Capital (PEK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT). By this summer, Delta says it will offer more international service from Seattle than all other carriers combined with more than 2,500 daily long-haul international seats as part of the market's 86 peak-day departures to 26 destinations.

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