Delta Airlines Wants to Expand Service to Asia

Oct 9, 2012

Delta Airlines wants to expand service to Asia. By next summer it plans to offer non-stop flights from Seattle to Shanghai, China. The airline will also offer nonstop flights between Seattle and Tokyo. The additional international service will be expanded through its partnership with Alaska Airlines.

Delta CEO Richard Anderson announced the proposed routes Monday morning at SeaTac Airport. He says delta will fly Boeing 747-400 jets to Japan’s Narita Airport…

Anderson: “We have totally retrofitted the interiors of all our wide body airplanes, and by the summer of 2013 every airplane that we transit across the Pacific Ocean will have our full flat individual video, all new interiors, really a premium product compared to any airline in the world.”

Delta’s proposed routes are waiting approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Delta’s announcement comes at a time when international traffic is growing significantly compared to domestic traffic.

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