New service to Shanghai from Sea-Tac by premium-class airline MaxJet won’t be happening anytime soon.
The federal government this week announced new routes between the U.S. and China, and the MaxJet proposal was not among them.
MaxJet had proposed flying an all-business-class Boeing 767 from Seattle to Shanghai beginning in 2009. The flight would have continued to Los Angeles from Seattle.
In better news of overseas connections, however, British Airways will increase weekly flights from Sea-Tac to London beginning next March to 13 flights a week from the present 10 flights a week.
British now flies a daily Boeing 747 from here to London’s Heathrow Airport and a Boeing 777 three times a week. The 777 flights will increase to six times a week.
In the meantime, British abandoned service to Detroit saying the decline of the auto industry had adversely affected patronage on that route.