Delta Air Lines’ new non-stop service between Minneapolis/St Paul and Seoul is now available for booking with the airline’s second trans-Pacific non-stop service out of its Minnesota hub scheduled to take off on April 1 next year.
The route was announced back in June and follows the announcement yesterday by its new joint-venture partner, Korean Air, of a new service between Seoul and Boston that is similarly set to take off next April. Delta and Korean Air launched their joint business in May.
The schedule sees flights depart Minneapolis/St Paul in the early afternoon, arriving mid-afternoon at Seoul’s Incheon Airport the following day. The return flight then departs the South Korean capital in the evening and lands back in Minnesota in the late afternoon.
|DL171||Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP)||Seoul (ICN)||1440||1720+1||Daily|
|DL170||Seoul (ICN)||Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP)||1945||1755||Daily|
Three classes of travel will be available on the route – Delta One (business), Delta Premium Select (premium economy) and Main Cabin (economy). Return fares currently begin at US$5,680 for Delta One, US$2,632 for Delta Premium Select and US$1,773 for Main Cabin, including fees, taxes and charges.
As previously reported by Business Traveller, the route will be flown by one of Delta’s newly refurbished Boeing 777-200/200ER aircraft. The US airline has recently been on a US$100 million refurbishment mission of its entire 777 fleet that sees the aircraft outfitted with its latest seat products.
These notably include its business class Delta One Suites that debuted last year on the airline’s new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which Delta currently operates on both its Detroit and Atlanta flights to Seoul.
These suites are enclosed variants of Thompson Aero’s Vantage XL seat product, similar to what is found on board the business class cabin of Qantas’s 787-9 Dreamliner and Philippine Airlines’ new A350-900s. Each of the 28 seats has its own sliding door and all recline to offer a fully flat bed.
The revamped 777-200/200ERs also have a premium economy cabin, Delta Premium Select, which offers 48 seats with 38 inches of pitch and a 13.3-inch seat-back screen.
Main cabin seats, meanwhile, will be laid out nine-abreast in a 3-3-3 configuration and are “the widest in the Delta international fleet”, according to the carrier. All classes also have access to wifi and in-seat USB and power ports.
“This additional Delta flight will be an exciting way for many of our customers in Minnesota and in cities across the US to access Seoul and dozens of destinations in Asia with one convenient connection in the world-class Terminal 2 at Incheon,” said Steve Sear, Delta’s president – international and executive vice president, global sales.
“We look forward to April when the inaugural flight takes off from both airports, signifying how the Delta-Korean Air joint venture benefits our customers, our employees, the communities we serve and our shareholders.”
Delta currently operates just one other trans-Pacific flight out of its Minnesota/St Paul hub, to Tokyo Haneda, which will also see the refurbished 777-200ER starting this November.