Delta Continues Quest for World (Seattle) Domination

May 27, 2015

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The battle for Seattle continues: This week Delta announced that it will offer daily, year-round service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA-TAC) to four new cities — Boston (BOS), Orlando (MCO), Pasco, Washington (PSC), and (subject to government approval) Victoria, British Columbia (YYJ). The new routes will launch on a rolling schedule, with the first (Pasco) starting in November this year and others kicking off in April, 2016.

Skyline view of Seattle.
Skyline view of Seattle, a city hotly contested by both Delta and Alaska. Photo by Kate Gammon.

In a move designed to further increase capacity in 2015, the airline’s announcement came on the heels of new flights from Seattle that started this month to five US cities, including two in Alaska. We can also expect to see flights from SEA-TAC to Denver in June, to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii in December and additional flights to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta in October, along with Palm Springs and Tucson in December.

As if that wasn’t enough, Delta will also expand its existing seasonal-only service from Seattle to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, moving to daily, year-round service. The airline currently offers year-round long-haul service from Seattle to Asia and Europe.

Starting in October, Delta will also re-start seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Honolulu (HNL), and in December it will launch service from Orlando (MCO) to Sao Pãulo (GRU).

The recently launched and expanded flights further enhance what Delta can offer at its Seattle hub, where the company has invested $15 million in facilities and opened a 7,000-square-foot corporate office, according to a press release posted on Delta.com.

The additions to Delta’s service from Seattle are in direct competition with its partner, Alaska Airlines. Can the downgrade of Alaska from Group 1 to Group 4 partner status be a coincidence?

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