Delta has announced plans to enhance its summer schedule in 2024 by launching a new service from Seattle (SEA) into Asia.
Flights To Taiwan Coming Soon
Delta says that from June 6, 2024, service will commence from Seattle (SEA) to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). As a result, this marks the return to Taiwan for the first time in many years.
This route is the carrier’s first nonstop flight to Taipei from the United States. Before 2017, Delta flew to Taipei. However, the service was via Tokyo Narita.
Delta says the flight will be year-round and operated by its A330-900, part of the A330neo family. Additionally, service will be offered daily to meet demand.
Thanks to adding the A330-900, Delta says it’ll offer customers Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin experiences.
The airline believes it has carefully worked on its onboard product over the years to make it a leader in the sector.
Celebrating Operations In Seattle
Alongside this route announcement to Taipei, Delta also notes that it celebrates 90 years in Seattle this December.
The Port of Seattle welcomes today’s announcement as Delta continues to build on SEA’s status as a hub and its west coast gateway to Asia. With the addition of the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) in 2022, SEA is providing a dramatic welcome to the world visiting and doing business in the Puget Sound region. We are excited Delta is demonstrating its commitment to continuing to build on that vision.Port of Seattle Commission President Sam Cho
These flights date back to Northwest Airways, later Northwest Airlines, in 1933. Even during these days, Seattle made up a fundamental part of the network.
The U.S. airline began flights under Delta in 1980 when it offered nonstop services from Seattle to Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Portland.
Thanks to a growing fleet and rapid expansion, 160 daily departures are offered from Seattle to 50 destinations.
More importantly, though, the airline has seen Seattle become a key gateway away from the specific destination makeup. The location is hugely crucial for operations across the Pacific, including Asia.
Taipei will join existing routes of Incheon (ICN), Tokyo (HND) and Shanghai (PVG) as part of a robust trans-Pacific network offered.
Comments From Executives
This route not only opens new doors to Taipei’s captivating skyline, vibrant night markets, and rich cultural heritage, but it also marks a significant stride in enhancing Seattle’s global connectivity. This strategic addition to Delta’s trans-Pacific portfolio is poised to make a profound impact on the Seattle market, fostering increased business and leisure travel opportunities for our discerning customers.Joan Wang, Managing Director – Global Sales, Seattle.
As APAC demand returns, we are excited to launch our seventh non-stop international market in the Pacific, solidifying our commitment to robust and consistent growth in the region. This strategic addition underscores Delta’s dedication to expanding our network and offering customers seamless connectivity.Jeff Moomaw, Vice President – APAC.
Further Expansion is Already Taking Place
While Delta celebrates the upcoming launch of a new service to Asia, in 2023, it has made several critical announcements across Asia and Pacific flights.
This includes announcing the launch of a second daily flight to Incehon (ICN) from Atlanta (ATL). Additionally, the company has increased service to Sydney, with 14 weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) in the winter, an increase from the previous ten.
Delta also launched its first-ever Auckland (AKL) service from Los Angeles (LAX). As the flight is year-round, Delta is the only airline operating such a flight based in the U.S.
Tokyo Haneda (HND) flights from Honolulu (HNL) and Minneapolis (MSP) were also resumed as part of network rebuild efforts.
Lastly, the airline increased flights to China from four times per week up to ten flights. As part of this makeup, the airline offers daily flights from Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and three weekly flights from Dallas-Fort Worth (DTW) to Shanghai Pudong (PVG).