Delta to add Seattle non-stops to Hong Kong, Seoul; reduce service to other destinations

Joe Brancatelli, editor JoeSentMe, a weekly newsletter for business travelers, puts a slightly different spin on Delta Air Line's upbeat announcement earlier this week that will be adding non-stop flights between Seattle to Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea starting next June. 

"What it didn't say," Brancatelli reports, is that "some of the existing Asia runs are being dropped or slashed. Gone will be flights to Osaka. Reduced will be flights to Shanghai (down to five weekly from daily) and Tokyo/Haneda, which will slide to four weekly from its current daily frequency. 

The Seoul flight launches June 2 using Boeing 767-300s. The Hong Kong flight begins June 16 using Airbus A330-200s. Tickets will be available for purchase Aug. 24, 2013.

Seattle is becoming a mini-hub for Delta and one of the airline's fastest-growing international gateways. Last month the airline announced new nonstop service to London-Heathrow Airport beginning in March 2014. 

The Seoul flight will depart Seattle at noon and arrive at 3:30 p.m. the following day. It will leave Seoul at 5:20 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 12:05 p.m. the same day. 

The Hong Kong flight will leave Seattle at 1:30 p.m., arriving in Hong Kong at 6:45 p.m. the following day. It will depart Hong KOng at 10 a.m., arriving in Seattle at 7:55 a.m. the same day. 

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