Delta to launch service from Seattle to Seoul and Hong Kong
Delta Air Lines announced the launch of its daily nonstop service from Seattle to two Asian destinations. The airline is set to start flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-Seoul-Incheon International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-Hong Kong International Airport. The service to Seoul will commence on June 2, 2014 and to Hong Kong on June 16, 2014. However, both these routes are awaiting government approvals.
The airline is starting new service to these key international destinations due to a strong demand from its local Seattle and Pacific Northwest passengers. Its strategic partnership with Alaska Airlines is also responsible for this decision. The airline already offers plane tickets to Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai and the new launches are assumed an extension of these routes to Asia. Operations to these Asian cities will benefit its corporate customers who share business interests in Asia and the United States.
The airline will use Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with a seating capacity of 210 to Seoul. This plane comprises 35 full-flat bed seats in Business Elite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 seats in Economy class.
As per the schedule, the flights will depart Seattle at 12:00 noon and arrive in Seoul at 3:30 pm, the next day. The return flight will depart Seoul at 5:20 pm and arrive in Seattle at 12:05 pm, the same day.
Delta will operate Airbus A330-200 to Hong Kong. This aircraft has a seating capacity of 234 of which 34 full-flat bed seats comprise the Business Elite, 32 constitute the Economy Comfort, and 168 seats are available in Economy class.
The flights will depart Seattle at 1:30 pm and arrive in Hong Kong at 6:45 pm, the next day. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 10:00 am and arrive in Seattle at 7:55 am, the same day.