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Delta Adding Flights to Taiwan After Seven-Year Hiatus
The Atlanta-based airline is expanding its transpacific network from Seattle.
For the first time in seven years, Delta will return to Taiwan. On Thursday, the Atlanta-based carrier announced a new route from its Seattle (SEA) hub to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE). The route is set to begin on June 6, 2024, operated by an Airbus A330-900neo.
The airline previously served Taipei up until May 2017, according to Cirium Diio data. At the time, TPE joined a handful of other Asian destinations that the carrier served from Tokyo Narita (NRT).
“As APAC demand returns, we are excited to launch our seventh non-stop international market in the Pacific, solidifying our commitment to robust and consistent growth in the region,” said Jeff Moomaw, Vice President of APAC said in a press release.
“This strategic addition underscores Delta’s dedication to expanding our network and offering customers seamless connectivity,” he added.
According to the airline, the new route will be a year-round daily service and is subject to government approval. Delta will compete directly with EVA Air on the SEA-TPE route, which uses a Boeing 787-10. It joins the carrier’s other transpacific markets from Seattle, including Incheon (ICN), Tokyo (HND), and Shanghai (PVG).
Dominance in Seattle
Delta’s new route announcement comes on the heels of Sunday’s news of Alaska Air Group’s acquisition of Hawaiian Airlines. For several years, Delta and Alaska have been fighting it out for market dominance in Seattle with both airlines maintaining hubs at the airport.
In a press release announcing the new route, Delta again asserted its strong presence in Seattle. “Delta is marking its 90th anniversary in Seattle this December, a history that dates back to the start of operations by Northwest Airways (later Northwest Airlines) in 1933,” the airline shared.
In July 2024, Alaska has over 22,000 flights scheduled in Seattle, while Delta is the airport’s second-largest operator with over 10,000 scheduled flights, according to Cirium Diio data.
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