Delta Air Lines has been give the green light to launch non-stop flights between Seattle and Beijing, beginning on June 4.
The new five-times-weekly route will connect flyers from destinations throughout Delta's network to the Chinese capital. It will also connect passengers from codeshare partner Alaska Air and its subsidiary Horizon Air, which use Seattle as a major hub for their domestic operations. Taken together, the three carriers offer 67 onward non-stop connections out of Seattle.
Delta will also adjust the departure time of its existing daily flight from Beijing to Tokyo-Narita. Starting from June 6, Delta Flight 634 will depart Beijing at 6.55am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 7.30am on Saturday and Sunday. The Tuesday and Thursday flights will remain at the current 8.55am departure.
Delta will also launch a non-stop flight between Seattle and Japan’s second city of Osaka on June 7. Previously the shortest Delta route involved a stopover in Honolulu. The flight Delta 183 departs Seattle at 12.45pm and arrives in Osaka at 4pm the following day, while the return Delta 182 leaves Osaka at 6pm and lands in Seattle at 12.05pm the same day.
Flights from Seattle to Beijing and Osaka, and from Beijing to Tokyo-Narita will be operated by 216-seater Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. These have 35 seats in BusinessElite and 181 seats in Economy class.
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