Delta Air Lines has announced that it will launch nonstop flights from Seattle to Taipei next summer, its first-ever direct flights from the U.S. to Taiwan and seven years since it last offered a connection there via Japan.
While this will be the first time that Delta has flown directly from the U.S. to Taiwan, it served Taipei with flights from Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) up until 2017, allowing U.S. customers to visit the island nation via a connection in Japan.
Taipei is set to become the fourth destination in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region with nonstop flights from Seattle, in addition to Seoul (ICN), Tokyo (HND), and Shanghai (PVG). Delta has also made other expansions into the APAC region over the past year, including launching the first-ever Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) service in October.
Delta will use an Airbus A330-900neo to run the new route. The aircraft has a total capacity of 281 passengers, including 29 Delta One Suites, 28 Delta Premium seats, 56 Delta Comfort+ seats, and the remaining 168 seats in the Main Cabin.
“This route not only opens new doors to Taipei’s captivating skyline, vibrant night markets, and rich cultural heritage, but it also marks a significant stride in enhancing Seattle’s global connectivity,” said Joan Wang, managing director of global sales for Seattle at Delta Air Lines.
“This strategic addition to Delta’s trans-Pacific portfolio is poised to make a profound impact on the Seattle market, fostering increased business and leisure travel opportunities for our discerning customers.”
Starting June 6, 2024, the first flight of the day will leave Seattle at 11:15 AM every day and reach Taipei at 3:15 PM the next day. Similarly, return flights will depart from Taiwan at 5:25 PM and arrive in Seattle at 2:05 PM.
“As APAC demand returns, we are excited to launch our seventh nonstop international market in the Pacific, solidifying our commitment to robust and consistent growth in the region,” said Jeff Moomaw, Vice President for the APAC market at Delta. “This strategic addition underscores Delta’s dedication to expanding our network and offering customers seamless connectivity.”
Delta’s latest announcement also comes during the same month that the airline is celebrating its 90th anniversary of operations at Seattle-Tacoma, including the early operations of Northwest Airlines, which merged with Delta in 1980. Delta initially flew three nonstop services out of Seattle in 1980 – to ATL, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), and Portland (PDX) – but today boasts over 50 nonstop destinations worldwide.
“The Port of Seattle welcomes today’s announcement as Delta continues to build on SEA’s status as a hub and its west coast gateway to Asia,” said Sam Cho, President of the Port of Seattle Commission. “With the addition of the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) in 2022, SEA is providing a dramatic welcome to the world visiting and doing business in the Puget Sound region. We are excited Delta is demonstrating its commitment to continuing to build on that vision.”