Delta loves Greater Seattle and Greater Seattle loves London. So it makes perfect sense that Delta opened a nonstop Seattle-London route, with the inaugural flight occurring on March 30th. According to Expedia (another Greater Seattle company), London was the number one international destination from SeaTac Airport in 2013. It was also the second fastest growing overall destination from Greater Seattle behind New York City.
The route furthers Delta’s recent efforts to grow its presence in Greater Seattle, where Delta has a deep alliance with hometown carrier Alaska Airlines. Delta calls Seattle “one of (its) fastest-growing international gateways” after adding new routes to Beijing, Osaka, Shanghai and Tokyo Haneda — all since 2010.
“Our international expansion in Seattle is possible because of our partnerships with Alaska Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM,” Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s Marketing, Network Planning and Revenue Management chief, says in a release. “Together the airlines can provide customers in the Pacific Northwest with an unmatched global network and an industry-leading customer experience on the ground and in the air.”
Delta’s new route to London will depart daily from SeaTac at 6:40 PM, arriving at London’s Heathrow airport the next day at noon. British Airways already flies non-stop between Seattle and London.