In a joint press conference, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines have announced expanded international service and customer enhancements in Seattle, benefitting customers of both airlines, thanks to the alliance between the two carriers.

In the Monday morning press release, Alaska CEO Brad Tilden says, “About 1,200 travelers connect on Alaska and Delta flights in Seattle every day,” Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden said. “We’re very pleased to offer them a seamless flying experience, highlighted by our renowned customer service. We’re also looking forward to providing travelers with new flying options to Asia on Delta that will feature significantly enhanced onboard amenities.”

Today Delta Airlines filed an application with the DOT to offer daily nonstop service between Seattle and Shanghai, effective June 17, 2013. The proposed new flight will be Delta’s second route between Seattle and China, following Beijing service which began in 2010.

Delta also announced it will deploy its flagship Boeing 747-400 aircraft on flights between Seattle and Tokyo-Narita starting June 1, 2013, deploying its flagship Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

And Delta will add a fifth daily nonstop flight between Seattle and New York-JFK, effective June 1. There will also be a new nonstop Delta service between Seattle and Haneda Airport in Tokyo, pending DOT approval.

And Delta’s current nonstop service between Seattle and both Paris and Amsterdam will expand to operate more than 40 daily flights to more than 15 destinations out of Seattle’s SeaTac International Airport.

The partnership between Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines will continue to include codesharing in Seattle, plus shared customer benefits including reciprocal lounge access and frequent flier programs.


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