29 JULY 2013
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In anticipation of receiving antitrust immunity later this year for its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways, Delta Air Lines will offer a new daily code-share non-stop service from Heathrow to Seattle, beginning the start of the summer airline season 29 March 2014. At present only British Airways fly the route, a 9hrs 35mins sector using a Boeing 747. The airline already serves both Amsterdam and Paris from Seattle using Air France/KLM as a partner under its Skyteam arrangement.
Delta will operate a 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 35 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy Class seats. The airline uses the much less congested Terminal 4 at Heathrow and passengers will be able to make use of the duplex Skyteam Lounge complete with Spa.
On 3 July, Delta and Virgin Atlantic launched code-sharing across 108 routes to 66 destinations throughout North America and the UK. With the new Seattle service, Delta will operate 10 daily non-stop flights to Heathrow from six destinations including Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Boston and Atlanta.
Seattle is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways. In June, Delta added service to Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda, complementing long-established service to Tokyo-Narita. Delta also has served Beijing and Osaka since 2010. www.delta.com
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