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Delta Air Lines wants to add routes from Sea-Tac to Shanghai, Tokyo Haneda and London

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
October 8, 2012 3:02 pm

Delta Air Lines wants to add three more international cities to its repertoire of overseas flights from Sea-Tac Airport.

The Atlanta-based carrier announced Monday it is seeking Department of Transportation permission to fly between Sea-Tac and Shanghai and Sea-Tac and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

Delta President Richard Anderson also told reporters at an airport news conference Monday morning the airline wants to add London to its repertoire of European destinations from Sea-Tac. No date has been set for the beginning of that London service.
Delta now flies to Amsterdam and Paris from the Puget Sound.

Delta, which absorbed Northwest Airline’s Pacific network when the two merged, now flies to Bejing, Osaka and Tokyo’s Narita Airport from Sea-Tac.

The airline said it will begin the new Asian service next summer pending DOT approval.

When the Japanese government began allowing overseas flights into Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Delta was one of three airlines to win landing slots there from the U.S. Delta now flies from Los Angeles to the close-in Haneda. It had flown from Detroit to Haneda, but it has discontinued that flight and has asked DOT permission to move it to Seattle.

Hawaiian and United airlines have protested the move. United wants to add Haneda service from San Francisco. Hawaiian wants a second flight from Honolulu.

To further enhance the airline’s international service, Delta will begin flying a Boeing 747-400 aircraft from Sea-Tac to Narita instead of the smaller Airbus A-330.

That 747 and the airline’s Boeing 767s used on other routes from Seattle will be equipped with new entertainment systems and lie-flat seats in business class.

Delta will also upgrade its connection to New York’s JFK Airport to a second daily flight with a Boeing 767 wide-bodied aircraft.

Delta partners with SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines to feed passengers to and from Delta’s international flights to Alaska’s domestic network.

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