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Delta announces daily nonstop flights from Seattle Hub to Taipei

Friday, December 8, 2023

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Delta, the largest global airline in Seattle, is set to expand its Asia network in the coming summer. Commencing on June 6, 2024, pending government approval, Delta will introduce daily nonstop service from Seattle (SEA) to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

This new route marks Delta’s inaugural nonstop flight to Taipei from the U.S., and it signifies the first Delta aircraft operation to TPE since 2017, previously routed through Narita International Airport. Joan Wang, Managing Director – Global Sales, Seattle, emphasized the significance of this expansion, stating, “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.”

Delta, celebrating its 90th anniversary in Seattle this December, has a long history dating back to the commencement of operations by Northwest Airways (later Northwest Airlines) in 1933. With over 160 daily departures from SEA to 50 destinations worldwide, Seattle serves as a vital gateway for Delta’s operations across the Pacific. The addition of TPE brings the total number of non-stop trans-Pacific destinations to four, including existing routes to Incheon (ICN), Tokyo (HND), and Shanghai (PVG).

Sam Cho, Port of Seattle Commission President, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “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.” He added that the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF), set to open in 2022, will enhance SEA’s welcoming environment for international visitors.

Beyond Seattle, Delta is actively expanding and restoring services across Asia and the Pacific. Notable developments include a second daily flight to ICN from ATL, increased flights to China, the resumption of services to HND from Honolulu (HNL) and Minneapolis (MSP), the launch of the first-ever Auckland (AKL) from LAX, and increased flights to Sydney (SYD) from LAX.

Jeff Moomaw, Vice President – APAC, highlighted Delta’s commitment to robust growth in the region, stating, “As APAC demand returns, we are excited to launch our seventh non-stop international market in the Pacific.” He emphasized that this strategic addition underlines Delta’s dedication to expanding its network and providing customers with seamless connectivity.

The daily, year-round service to Taipei will be operated on an Airbus A330-900neo, featuring Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin experiences. Delta aims to provide a premium onboard experience with amenities such as lie-flat seats, plush bedding made from recycled plastic bottles, a variety of beverage options, and a chef-curated four-course meal for Delta One customers. Additionally, Delta’s successful joint venture with Korean Air allows customers to access 80 destinations in Asia through Korean Air’s hub at ICN.

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