|Delta Seattle VP Mike Medeiros|
"Hong Kong not only represents the newest destination for the [Seattle] market, it also represents yet another destination on the Delta network from Seattle that we exclusively serve," he said, noting that Delta is also the only carrier to offer non-stop flights from SEA to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CGD), Amsterdam (AMS), Tokyo-Handea (HND) and Shanghai-Pudong (PVG)..
Airport officials said other airlines had considered offering service to Hong Kong but decided against it.
|Ribbon Cutting inaugurates new Hong Kong service|
Delta's SEA-HKG Flight 281 departs SEA at 2:24 p.m. and arrives at HKG at 7:35 p.m. the following day, owing to the crossing of the international date line. Returning Flight 282 leaves HKG at 3:04 p.m., arriving in Seattle at 10:10 p.m. the same day.
The aircraft also has 32 seats in Economy Comfort seats with a pitch of 35 inches and 168 Economy class seats with pitch of 31-32 inches, according to SeatGuru.com. Business class seats are 21 inches wide, while both EconomyComfort and Economy are 18 inches wide.
|Flight 281 takes off into cloudy Seattle skies|
The recently added flights are the latest in an aggressive expansion of service from Seattle. Other destinations added recently are London-Heathrow (LHR), PVG, HND, and Seoul - Incheon (INC). The addition of HKG service brings to 10 the number of daily international non-stop departures offered by Delta from SEA, including four daily flights to Vancouver, B.C. (YVR). Other long-haul destinations in addition to those previously mentioned include Tokyo-Narita (NRT), and Beijing-Capital (PEK).
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 as part of the Seattle market's 86 peak-day departures to 26 destinations.
Visit my main page at TheTravelPro.us for more news, reviews, and personal observations on the world of travel.
Photos by Carl Dombek
Click on photos to view larger images