Delta Air Lines and Alaska Expand at Sea-Tac

Delta aircraft parked at S satellite Sea-Tac Airport

Delta aircraft parked at S satellite Sea-Tac Airport – Tail Number N545US

Shanghai, China – Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita non-stop – and more

The Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines partnership will provide numerous benefits to customers at each carrier as Delta makes a significant international expansion in Seattle.

First up is a new Delta Air Lines non-stop between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Shanghai Pu Dong International Airport (PVG) — pending govt approval. For those looking to use Tokyo’s “downtown” airport, Delta is planning non-stop flights between Seattle (SEA) and Haneda-Tokyo (HND) — again, pending government approval.

Seattle is already a large gateway for Delta and both carriers have extensive codeshare flights on the books with each other. As a result of Delta’s international flights, 1,200 passengers connect between Delta and Alaska each day.

Delta Flagship Boeing 747-400 Refurbished Passenger Cabin

Refurbished Economy on Delta Air Lines 747

Refurbished Economy on Delta Air Lines Flagship Boeing 747-400

Delta BusinessFirst Seat with Flat Beds

Delta BusinessFirst Seat with Flat Beds

The deployment of Delta’s flagship Boeing 747-400 jets on the route between Seattle (SEA) and Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT) is an interesting move and one many passengers will appreciate. The 747-400’s were recently refurbished with a new interior including audio/video on demand through-out the entire aircraft, while special care was taken to create BusinessElite full flat-bed seats.

Newly upgraded Boeing 767-300 aircraft operating routes between Seattle and Paris (CDG), Beijing (PEK), and Osaka (KIX) also provide full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite and the refurbished aircraft offers upgraded amenities.

Additional non-stop flights between Seattle (SEA) and New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) will be provided. The flights will feature the BusinessElite product, as flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York do.

Finally, the on-going partnership between Delta and Alaska continues, which include codesharing of flights in Seattle. Additionally, the partnership provides for shared customer benefits including reciprocal lounge access and frequent flier programs.

Richard Anderson, Delta’s CEO, said, “Delta’s expansion in Seattle will link this important West Coast city even closer with key markets in Asia, boosting its economy, creating jobs and providing benefits to travelers across the Pacific Northwest region.” Anderson continued, “This kind of international growth is possible only because of our partnership with Alaska, and customers of both our airlines will benefit from this newly strengthened relationship.”

Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden, said, “About 1,200 travelers connect on Alaska and Delta flights in Seattle every day.” Tilden proclaimed, “We’re very pleased to offer them a seamless flying experience, highlighted by our renowned customer service. We’re also looking forward to providing travelers with new flying options to Asia on Delta that will feature significantly enhanced onboard amenities.”

Seattle to Asia Flight Schedules and Information

Delta filed an application with the DOT to provide the new daily nonstop flights to Shanghai, effective June 17, 2013. The flight will be the second route to China from Seattle — the first was Beijing in 2010.

The Shanghai route will be operated on a fully re-fitted Boeing 767-300ER with 36 full flat-seats in BusinessElite, 29 Economy Comfort, and 143 Economy class seats with audio-video on demand through-out the entire plane.

Proposed Seattle – Shanghai Flights

Departs Arrives Effective Aircraft
Seattle (SEA) at 2:45pm Shanghai (PVG) at 12:20p +1 June, 17, 2013 Boeing 767-300ER
Shanghai (PVG) at 12:20pm Seattle (SEA) at 8:35am June 19, 2013 Boeing 767-300ER

+1 indicates next day arrival
An application was also filed to begin the nonstop flights to Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND). The Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering Delta’s Seattle-Haneda application along with competing Haneda requests by other carriers. The proposed flight would compliment existing service to Narita.

Proposed Schedule for Seattle to Tokyo-Haneda

Departs Arrives Effective Aircraft
Seattle (SEA) at 2:45pm Tokyo-Haneda (HND) at 10pm+1 6-17-2013 Boeing 767-300ER
Tokyo-Haneda (HND) at 12am Seattle (SEA) at 5:00pm 6-19-2013 Boeing 767-300ER

+1 indicates next day arrival

The proposed Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda flights will grow Delta’s Seattle Asian gateway. Delta already has existing service to Beijing (PEK), Tokyo-Narita (NRT), and Osaka (KIX).

To Europe, nonstops to both Amsterdam (AMS) and Paris (CDG).

Improved 747-400 Flight Experience

Delta will be deploying its largest aircraft, the Boeing 747-400 on the Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) route on June 1, 2013. The “Queen of the Skies” is one of the world’s most recognizable aircraft as a result of the graceful curve of its upper deck. The new schedule will make Delta Air Lines the only US passenger airline operating the iconic Boeing 747 in Seattle.

The aircraft recently went through a re-fit providing full flat beds in BusinessElite as well as audio/video on demand at every seat.

Improved 767-300ER Flight Experiences

The Boeing 767-300ER’s have been re-fitted with new interiors, including full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, expanded overhead bin space and individual in-flight entertainment throughout the aircraft. These aircraft will be used on the Paris, Beijing and Osaka flights starting October 28th.

New York JFK Expansion

A fifth daily nonstop will be added on this route, June 1, 2013. Besides great timing for passengers going to New York, the flights provide a plethora of connections at Delta’s New York Kennedy (JFK) hub. From JFK, Delta flies to more than 40 international destinations in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia on a seasonal and year-round basis.

The Seattle to New York service will be operated by Boeing 757-200ER and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

Alaska Airlines – Delta Partnership

The international expansion and customer enhancements in Seattle are driven by a strategic partnership between Delta and Alaska that benefits customers of both carriers and creates more competition and travel options for consumers in the Pacific Northwest region.

The two carriers operate an extensive codeshare agreement where Delta customers can access over 50 markets beyond Seattle (Alaska’s Hub) whereas Alaska passengers in the Pacific Northwest have in excess of 60 domestic Delta destinations, including Delta’s Atlanta and Minneapolis-St Paul Hubs.

Alaska and Delta have been working to review and re-time flight schedules when necessary to shorten connection times. In excess of 200,000 international passengers connected between Alaska and Delta flights the past year, and we expect this number to increase.

Anderson, said, “Our partnership combines Delta’s industry-leading international network and Alaska’s hub in Seattle, creating more travel choices and competition in one of the nation’s most important markets.” Anderson concluded, “It’s another example of innovative thinking that exemplifies how both Delta and Alaska do business every day.”

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