Delta has announced new routes and flights out of Seattle showing that they aren’t going to take American’s re-invigorated partnership with Alaska Airlines lying down.
Competition is good, and has been great for Seattle residents since Delta and Alaska began their breakup and Delta built up their own hub at the Pacific Northwest airport. Delta will grow their Seattle service to 190 peak daily departures to 56 destinations for summer 2020, with new service coming beyond that as well.
Effective June 8 Delta will begin:
- 3 daily Seattle – Dallas – Fort Worth flights with Airbus A220 aircraft
- Seattle – Columbus with an A220
- A second Seattle – Austin flight with an A220
- A second Seattle – Orlando flight with a Boeing 737-900
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Dallas is American’s main hub, and they don’t need to sell a lot of tickets to reach break-even load factor on Airbus A220s. American is building up Austin with new San Jose and Boston flights that compete with Delta. And Delta continues its onslaught against Seattle’s hometown carrier Alaska.
Delta previously announced new service and frequencies out of Seattle to Anchorage; Atlanta; Austin; Boise; Boston; Bozeman, Kansas City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Spokane; Tampa; and Washington-Dulles as well. They’re repeating that growth as part of today’s narrative to make the announcement seem bigger than it is.
Meanwhile, like American, they’re also promising to fly Seattle – London Heathrow in 2021. Delta claims this “complements partner Virgin Atlantic’s twice-daily service and offers customers the choice of three daily flights.” Of course it wouldn’t be a Delta press release without exaggeration. Virgin operates a second flight seasonally up to 5 times a week (not daily).