Delta to launch new service from Seattle/Tacoma to both Seoul and Hong Kong

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced today it will add new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul-Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport (both subject to government approval) beginning on June 2, 2014 and June 16, 2014, respectively.

Delta is able to offer new service to Seoul and Hong Kong due to strong support of from its local Seattle and Pacific Northwest customers as well as its strategic partnership with Alaska Airlines. The new service will complement existing service to Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. All five destinations are the leading commercial centers in the region, a benefit for corporate customers traveling between the U.S. and Asia.

With these additions, Delta will serve 17 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region primarily via its U.S. gateways of Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, and via its hub in Narita. Since 2009, Delta’s Pacific capacity has increased over 20 percent, driven in large part by the development of Detroit and Seattle into core Asia gateways.

The Seoul flight will operate using a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 35 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats.

Hong Kong service will operate using a 234-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 34 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 168 Economy class seats.

The Seattle-Tacoma area is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways and last month the airline announced new nonstop service to London-Heathrow Airport beginning in March 2014. Since May, Delta service in Seattle/Tacoma has expanded from 33 peak-day departures to 13 destinations to its current schedule of 44 peak-day departures to 18 destinations, including six international markets. Delta has also invested $14 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters.

Flight details for Seattle-Seoul service:

Flight Departs Arrives Service Begins
199 SEA at noon ICN at 3:30 p.m. (following day) June 2, 2014
198 ICN at 5:20 p.m. SEA at 12:05 p.m. (same day) June 3, 2014

Flight details for Seattle-Hong Kong service:

139 SEA at 1:30 p.m. HKG at 6:45 p.m. (following day) June 16, 2014
138 HKG at 10:00 a.m. SEA at 7:55 a.m. (same day) June 18, 2014

SEA-Asia Route Map: Delta’s growing Asian Route Map from SEA:

Delta 8:2013 SEA-Asia Routes

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/ Arriving at Sea-Tac from Tokyo (Narita) is this Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524). Delta will use the smaller A330-200 version to HKG.

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