Chinese government gives go ahead to Delta to start service between Seattle and Beijing


SEATTLE, Washington – Delta Air Lines announced today it has received final approval from the Chinese government to launch nonstop flights between Seattle and Beijing, beginning June 4. The new route will operate five times weekly, connecting customers from destinations throughout Delta’s and codeshare partner Alaska Air Group’s network to the Chinese capital via convenient connections at Alaska’s Seattle hub.

Departure and arrival times have been revised from the initial announcement of the route based on the slot times granted at Beijing’s Capital International Airport. Flights will operate as follows:

Flight 129 – Seattle to Beijing
Departs at 9:05 pm, arrives at 11:40 pm
Operates Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Beginning June 4, 2020

Flight 128 – Beijing to Seattle
Departs at 8:55 am, arrives at 5:30 pm
Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Beginning June 6, 2010

With the revised flight times, customers will continue to have full connecting options at the Seattle gateway to and from 67 nonstop destinations offered by Delta, Alaska Airlines, and Horizon Air. Delta and Alaska offer customers reciprocal codeshare, lounge, and frequent-flyer benefits to make it easier to connect between the airlines’ domestic and international networks at Seattle.

Delta’s revised Seattle-Beijing schedule will be updated in all ticketing channels, including, on Saturday, May 22. Ticketed customers with full contact information available in their reservations will be notified by Delta of any changes to their connecting flight times beginning Saturday.

The new Seattle-Beijing route is one of two new Asian flights launching from Seattle this summer as Delta continues to position the city as a key gateway to Asia. A new nonstop flight between Seattle and Osaka, Japan launches June 7. Both flights complement existing daily service from Seattle to Delta’s hub at Tokyo-Narita, which offers Seattle customers one-stop connections to 12 destinations throughout Asia.

In conjunction with the new service to Seattle, Delta also will make minor adjustments to the 8:55 am departure time of its existing daily flight from Beijing to Tokyo-Narita. Beginning June 6, Delta Flight 634 will depart Beijing at 6:55 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; at 7:30 am on Saturday and Sunday; and will remain unchanged at 8:55 am on Tuesday and Thursday.
Flights from Seattle to Beijing; Seattle to Osaka; and Beijing to Tokyo-Narita will be operated with 216-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 35 seats in BusinessElite and 181 seats in Economy.

At Seattle, Delta continues to invest in its products and services, including constructing a new Sky Club to open later this year and reintroducing roving customer service agents known as “Red Coats.” With its summer 2010 schedule, Delta will offer Seattle customers the choice of 40 peak-day departures to 12 domestic and international destinations.

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, Freedom Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America, and SkyWest.