Delta to resume flights between the U.S. and China on June 25

Delta Air Lines will re-start service between Seattle/Tacoma and Shanghai-Pudong via Seoul-Incheon on June 25, 2020 operating twice per week.

From July and beyond, it will operate once-weekly flights from Seattle/Tacoma and Detroit, also via Incheon.

Delta is the first U.S. airline to re-connect the U.S. and China since the temporary suspension in February due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Shanghai Pudong-Seattle flights will be served with Delta’s Airbus A350 aircraft, bringing clean and safe services to customers.

Delta’s health and safety measures on the ground and in the air include:

  • Sanitizing all aircraft with electrostatic spraying before departure and extensive pre-flight disinfection of high-touch points throughout the aircraft interior.
  • Using state-of-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters that extract more than 99.99% of particles, including viruses.
  • Adjusting the boarding process to back-to-front, reducing the need for customers to pass one another.
  • Streamlining  on board food and beverage service and encouraging customers to pack their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to decrease touchpoints.
  • Giving customers and employees more space for safer travel by blocking middle seats, reducing the number of customers on each flight. For international flights, Delta is capping seating at 75% in Delta One suite, and 60% in Delta Premium Select and Main Cabin.
  • All customers are required to wear face coverings during travel, starting with check-in and across Delta touch points including Delta Sky Clubs, boarding gate areas, jet bridges and on board the aircraft for the duration of the flight – except during meal service. Complimentary face masks are available on request and hand sanitizer is provided at check-in counters and boarding area.

Customers are encouraged to check outbound/entry policies regarding COVID-19 testing and screening in China and the U.S.

The schedule for June, July and beyond:

Passenger service (June 25 – 30)

Route Flight Departure Arrival Operating Days Fleet
SEA-ICN-PVG 287 23:30 4:45 June 25-26 A350
PVG-ICN-SEA 288 9:15 7:15 June 27-28 A350

Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)

Route Flight Departure Arrival Operating Days Fleet*
SEA-ICN-PVG 287 23:30 4:45 Thursdays A350
PVG-ICN-SEA 288 9:15 7:15 Saturdays A350

*Note: Transitions to A330-900 starting August 1.


Route Flight Departure Arrival Operating Days Fleet
DTW-ICN-PVG 283 19:00 00:15 Fridays A350
PVG-ICN-DTW 284 4:45 8:20 Sundays A350

RELATED: Delta’s July schedule can be found here.

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