PHOTO: Delta is adding to its roster of flights from Seattle. (Photo courtesy Delta Air Lines)
When Delta Air Lines established a Pacific-Northwest hub at Seattle-Tacoma Airport several years ago, ostensibly it was to launch its service to Asia and take on Alaska Airlines domestically.
Then the rivalry died down a bit.
And then it didn’t.
Just this week alone, Alaska retired the Virgin America brand after acquiring the airline last year, boosting its own brand and presence.
Now Delta is adding three daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport from Seattle, rounding out service from Sea-Tac to all of the top 10 destination that the airport serves, and 17 of the top 20. Chicago flights are now available for sale, and service will begin June 19, 2017.
"We have built a robust network from Seattle to key U.S West, Midwest and East destinations over the last few years, complementing service to Europe, Asia and Latin America," John Caldwell, Delta's Vice President-Seattle, said in a statement. "Adding Chicago fulfills a key part of our vision for the Pacific Northwest and provides our customers access to all of the most important destinations from Seattle."
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Earlier this year, Delta announced the addition of seven other nonstop destinations from Seattle, including Austin, Texas; Eugene, Ore.; Lihue, Hawaii; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Nashville, Tenn.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Redmond, Ore.
Delta said the flights will operate using Airbus A319 aircraft featuring high-resolution screens at every seat with free entertainment, 110v and USB power ports available for all customers, large pivoting overhead bins, ambient lighting and newly designed lavatories.
Delta’s not done, either, with Seattle.
On Sunday, March 26, Delta's joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic will begin Boeing 787 service from Seattle to London-Heathrow, replacing the flight currently operated by Delta and adding 50 seats as well as a Premium Economy cabin.