Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to launch nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and London (Heathrow) in anticipation of receiving antitrust immunity for its new joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways (London). The company issued this statement:
In anticipation of receiving antitrust immunity later this year for its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways, Delta Air Lines will offer new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London Heathrow Airport beginning March 29, 2014.
New service from Seattle/Tacoma to London Heathrow gives Delta’s customers nonstop access to one of the world’s top business markets and is an important enhancement to Delta’s growing trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific network from Seattle/Tacoma. As of January 1, 2014, every international Delta flight from Seattle/Tacoma, including the new London service, will feature full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, Economy Comfort seating and in-flight entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft.
The Seattle/Tacoma market is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways. In June, Delta added service to Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda, complementing long-established service to Tokyo-Narita. Delta also has served Beijing and Osaka, Japan from Seattle/Tacoma since 2010.
Through its trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia, Delta also offers Seattle/Tacoma area travelers nonstop service to Paris and Amsterdam while also providing connecting service to more than 150 additional destinations beyond those European hubs. With new service to London-Heathrow, Delta will operate flights to eight nonstop international destinations from Seattle.
In December 2012, Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced Delta’s plans to acquire 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic. The carriers intend to form a trans-Atlantic joint venture to optimize schedules and services between the North America and the U.K. Delta last month obtained unconditional clearance from the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice to proceed with the investment transaction. Now both carriers are awaiting U.S. Department of Transportation approval of antitrust immunity to implement their joint venture.
On July 3, Delta and Virgin Atlantic launched reciprocal codesharing across 108 routes to 66 destinations throughout North America and the U.K. With the new Seattle service, Delta will operate 10 daily nonstop flights to London Heathrow from six destinations including Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Boston and Atlanta.
Delta will operate Seattle-London Heathrow service using a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring 35 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats.
Flight details for Seattle-London Heathrow Service:
|37||SEA at 6:40 p.m.||LHR at 12:05 p.m. (following day)||March 29, 2014|
|36||LHR at 12:20 p.m.||SEA at 2:40 p.m. (same day)||March 30, 2014|
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER WL N193DN (msn 28450) lands at Baltimore/Washington.