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Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday

Delta Air Lines, the world’s largest airline by passengers carried, recently announced on its website that it will commence non-stop service five times a week between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA; ICAO: KSEA), and Capital International Airport in Beijing, China (IATA: PEK; ICAO: ZBAA), starting Friday.  According to Delta, the addition of this route will help position the Seattle area as a gateway to Asia.  When the first flight departs Seattle, Delta will become the only United States-based carrier to operate the route.  The Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines is the only other carrier to operate the route.

The arrival and departure times for this route in both directions have been recently revised by Delta, in response to time slot changes at Capital International Airport.  They are now as follows.

The first flight along this route will depart June 4, at 9:05 in the evening local time, from Seattle-Tacoma International.  The first Beijing-Seattle flight will depart June 6, at 8:55 in the evening local time.  The westbound flight will arrive in the Chinese capital at 11:40 at night the following day, local time.  The eastbound flight will arrive in Seattle at 5:30 in the morning the same day, local time.  The recent revisions will appear in all ticketing channels, and on www.delta.com, starting May 22. 

Delta Air Line will operate the Seattle-Beijing route with Boeing 767-300ER airplanes, which seat over 200 passengers.  The 767-300ER will include 35 BusinessElite seats.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941.  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed earlier this year.

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