Delta Air Lines is kicking off the New Year with a 10 percent increase in peak-day seats at its Seattle/Tacoma hub for summer 2018, driven by the addition of three new destinations as well as more flights and larger aircraft operating between existing routes. The new destinations include Washington-Dulles and Kansas City, which will launch on June 8, and Indianapolis, which will launch on June 18.
New Service to Washington-Dulles, Kansas City, and Indianapolis
Delta will offer one daily round-trip each to Washington Dulles International Airport, Kansas City International Airport, and Indianapolis International Airport. Washington-Dulles service will be operated using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Kansas City service will be operated using E-175 aircraft, and Indianapolis service will be operated using Airbus A 319 aircraft.
|SEA at 10 p.m.||IAD at 6:15 a.m.||Boeing 737-800|
|IAD at 7:05 a.m.||SEA at 9:55 a.m.||Boeing 737-800|
|SEA at 5:15 p.m.||MCI at 10:45 p.m.||E-175|
|MCI at 7 a.m.||SEA at 9 a.m.||E-175|
|SEA at 10:10 a.m.||IND at 5:40 p.m.||Airbus A319|
|IND at 6:15 p.m.||SEA at 7:30 p.m.||Airbus A319|
Delta adds frequencies and larger aircraft to existing routes
Based on more demand from Seattle customers, Delta will launch additional flights to Las Vegas, New York-JFK, Orlando and Medford during spring/summer 2018 and will expand its summer seasonal service to Cincinnati to year-round. Additionally, Delta will offer seasonal weekend service to New Orleans from Feb. 10 through March 31.
The airline will also use larger aircraft to operate several existing routes, including Austin, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, Phoenix and San Diego.
Growth shows strength of Delta’s Seattle hub
Delta’s significant growth in Seattle to start 2018 speaks to the strength of its Sea-Tac hub. The airline will operate 174 peak-day departures to 54 destinations in July 2018, an increase of 11 departures compared with summer 2017 and 96 departures over summer 2014. Delta’s domestic seats will be up 112 percent over summer 2014, with 80 percent of Delta’s domestic seats served from Seattle on mainline aircraft for summer 2018.
Delta and its joint venture partners Aeromexico, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet serve 16 international destinations from Seattle, including Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, London-Heathrow, Paris, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai, Tokyo-Narita, and eight destinations in Canada and Mexico. Air France will also begin direct Seattle-Paris service in March to complement Delta’s existing service. In 2017, the airline added or expanded service to nine destinations, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Eugene, Lihue, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh and Redmond. Seattle is also Delta’s primary gateway to Alaska with service to five destinations — Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.