Delta Air Lines will start a direct service to Osaka Kansai International Airport in 2019 – complementing its existing international network.
Delta will fly the new route with one of the airline’s Boeing 767-300ER. Schedule details will be released at a later date. Delta today at Osaka offers daily service to Honolulu, making Seattle its second non-stop US destination from the Japanese city.
Every seat has access to Wi-Fi, free personal in-flight seatback entertainment screens and power ports. Meals, created in partnership with Delta’s Michelin two-star consulting chef Norio Ueno will be featured in all cabins of service.
And Delta said it has made the “difficult business decision” to cease its Seattle-Hong Kong service, with the last flight out of Hong Kong on 4 October. Delta will continue to serve Hong Kong from Seattle via Seoul-Incheon with its joint venture partner Korean Air.
Delta vice president for Seattle, Tony Gonchar said: “As Seattle’s global airline, Delta offers service to the top destinations throughout Asia, and additional access to Japan is important for our Seattle customers as well as the business community throughout Washington state and beyon.”
The Seattle-Osaka route will be included in Delta’s joint venture partnership with Korean Air, which serves 12 destinations in Japan — giving shared customers optimised schedules, a more seamless customer experience and improved loyalty program benefits.
Delta continues to grow its overall presence in Seattle, with a 10 percent increase in peak-day seats at its Seattle hub for summer 2018, driven by the addition of three new domestic destinations as well as more flights and larger aircraft operating between existing routes.