Delta Air Strains shall be increasing service to Asia out of its Seattle hub, with an thrilling new route.
Delta returns to Taipei with new route out of Seattle
As of June 7, 2023, Delta will add a brand new every day, year-round flight between Seattle (SEA) and Taipei (TPE). The flight will function with the next schedule:
DL69 Seattle to Taipei departing 11:15AM arriving 3:15PM (+1 day)
DL68 Taipei to Seattle departing 5:25PM arriving 2:05PM
The 6,074-mile flight is blocked at 13hr westbound and 11hr40min eastbound. Delta will use an Airbus A330-900neo for the route, that includes 281 seats. This contains 29 enterprise class (Delta One) seats, 28 premium financial system (Premium Choose) seats, and 224 financial system class (Important Cabin) seats.
In case you’re trying to redeem SkyMiles for this flight, award flights begin at 1,800,000 miles in Delta One, or 360,000 miles in Important Cabin. Simply kidding. I imply, I’m kidding within the sense that I didn’t truly verify, however I’m in all probability not that far off!
This new route is a fairly important addition. Delta has by no means flown nonstop from the USA to Taipei. Nonetheless, till 2017 the airline did function a fifth freedom flight there, from Tokyo Narita.
Right here’s how Delta’s Managing Director of World Gross sales for Seattle describes this new route:
“This route not solely opens new doorways to Taipei’s fascinating skyline, vibrant night time markets, and wealthy cultural heritage, but it surely additionally marks a big stride in enhancing Seattle’s world connectivity. This strategic addition to Delta’s trans-Pacific portfolio is poised to make a profound influence on the Seattle market, fostering elevated enterprise and leisure journey alternatives for our discerning clients.”
I’ve to present Delta executives credit score for persistently placing out the loftiest quotes about new routes. This can be a market that’s already effectively served (as I’ll speak about beneath), however Delta nonetheless claims it will make a “profound influence” in the marketplace for “discerning clients” (as a result of absolutely discerning clients wouldn’t need to fly with second price airways like EVA Air). 😉
That is an fascinating route for Delta so as to add
Presently the one US airline flying to Taipei is United, which operates service out of San Francisco. So Delta will now be the second US airline to fly to Taiwan. The choice to launch a Seattle to Taipei route is an fascinating one:
- EVA Air operates Seattle to Taipei flights with 7-10x weekly frequencies; EVA Air is in Star Alliance, so has pretty restricted connectivity in Seattle, except for United flights
- Starlux Airways plans to launch a Seattle to Taipei route in 2024, and has a partnership with Alaska, so can have fairly a little bit of connectivity there
- I wouldn’t essentially assume that is associated, however Alaska Airways is hoping to amass Hawaiian Airways, which suggests the airline will resume flights to Asia, assuming this all will get authorized
I’m unsure whether or not to be stunned by this route or not. On the one hand, Delta is effectively positioned for this route when it comes to demand and connecting site visitors. The airline has a giant home community in Seattle to feed into this, and in addition companions with SkyTeam provider China Airways in Taipei, so can have connectivity there as effectively.
Delta hasn’t added a lot artistic Asia service lately, and has virtually been totally centered on flights to Seoul Incheon, and feeding into Korean Air’s community, given the three way partnership between the airways.
So whereas Delta is effectively positioned in Seattle when it comes to connectivity, the airline additionally has a big price drawback. Delta has a a lot increased price construction than carriers like EVA Air. Whereas Taipei is a market with a ton of demand, it’s not essentially the best yield market.
This appears to me like an offensive transfer meant to ship a message to Starlux, and to typically combat towards Alaska. I really feel like Delta in all probability wouldn’t launch this route if it weren’t for aggressive causes. I’m curious to see how the market evolves, and if three airways can coexist…
As of June 2023, Delta will launch a brand new every day nonstop flight between Seattle and Taipei utilizing an Airbus A330-900neo. This would be the first time that Delta flies nonstop from the USA to Taipei, and it comes at an fascinating time.
This can be a market that’s already served by EVA Air, and it’s one which Starlux plans to launch quickly as effectively. Can this route maintain three carriers? Solely time will inform…
What do you make of Delta launching Taipei flights? Do you suppose Delta, EVA, and Starlux, can all succeed available in the market?