Entries in SEA (2)


Condor commences long-awaited Frankfurt-Seattle route

Today, the Germany-based airline Condor started a route between Frankfurt and the American city of Seattle, Washington.  The route will be operated with the Boeing 767-300ER.  The Seattle Times reported that the route will be flown twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday.

On Monday, the flight is scheduled to leave Frankfurt-Main Airport (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF) at 3:30 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA; ICAO: KSEA) 10 hours 50 minutes later, at 5:20 in the afternoon, local time.  The Monday return flight is scheduled to depart Seattle at 7:20 in the evening, local time, and arrive back in Frankfurt at 2:50 in the afternoon the following day, local time.  On Thursday, the schedules for both directions of the route are simply shifted forward in time by a little more than an hour.

Condor's sales and marketing manager for North America, Janet Gorecki-Mackanin, pointed out Condor's partnership with Sea-Tac, Washington-based Alaska Airlines.  She explained that travelers on Condor will now have convenient access to points up and down the American west coast, through Alaska Airlines.  The Port of Seattle, which operates Seattle/Tacoma International, also expressed enthusiasm for the new route.

The business entity that became Condor was founded in 1955, and commenced operations the following year.  Condor's largest hub is at Frankfurt Airport.  Its main offices are in the Frankfurt suburb of Kelsterbach.

In other news, Asiana Airlines subsidiary Air Busan commenced service today, between its hub at Gimhae International Airport (IATA: PUS; ICAO: RKPK) in Busan, South Korea, and Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA) 35 miles (57 kilometers) east of Tokyo.  This route was originally scheduled to commence two months ago, but was delayed because of the earthquake and tsunami that recently struck Japan.

original stories

No-frills Condor Airlines to begin Seattle-Frankfurt flights (Seattle Times)

Port of Seattle Welcomes Condor Airlines non-stop Service to Frankfurt (Port of Seattle)

Germany's Condor to Launch Seattle-Frankfurt Service in June (www.airlinesanddestinations.com)

Air Busan Confirms Revised Tokyo Start Date (www.routesonline.com)

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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.

related stories

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Delta Air Lines)