16 DECEMBER 2013
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In celebration of its 80th anniversary and growing presence in Seattle, Delta Air Lines has named its latest Boeing 737-900ER aircraft as the 'Spirit of Seattle.'
The aircraft is dedicated to the city of Seattle and the airline's customers, employees and partners in the region.
The dedication took place in a ceremony at Boeing Field, the same location that Northwest Airways began services in Seattle on 3 December, 1933. The airline later became Northwest Airlines and merged with Delta in 2008. That inaugural flight was flown from Spokane to Seattle and back to Spokane on a Waco JTO biplane carrying mail but no passengers. The initial passenger service was a Tacoma-Seattle-Wenatchee-Spokane route using seven-passenger, 120mph Hamilton H47 Metalplanes.
Today, Delta operates 35 peak-day departures to 15 destinations from its growing gateway in Seattle, including non-stop international service to Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda, Shanghai and Beijing.
Additional international services are planned to London-Heathrow in 2014 as well as Hong Kong and Seoul, pending government approval. Delta will also expand Seattle service to Anchorage, Alaska; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Portland, OR; San Diego; and San Francisco and also recently announced new service to Fairbanks, Alaska, and Vancouver, Canada, beginning in the summer of 2014. www.delta.com
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