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Yesterday we reported that Delta’s A350, expected to be delivered to the airline in the very near future, had been scheduled for its inaugural route between Detroit (DTW) and Tokyo/Narita (NRT) beginning October 30. Two more A350 routes have been added to the Delta schedule and, like the original, they are both bookable right now with cash or SkyMiles.
According to Routes Online, beginning November 18, an A350-900 will serve Delta’s nonstop route between Detroit and Seoul, South Korea (ICN) on alternating days, which will later turn into daily service (as of December 16). Beginning January 17, 2018, the airline will add A350 service between Detroit and Beijing, China (PEK), again on alternating days, before commencing daily service February 23.
Both of these routes are bookable at delta.com with Delta SkyMiles, although the cost is rather high and award space is less available than the route to Tokyo. As of this writing, we’re seeing a smattering of dates with premium economy availability at 65,000 SkyMiles one-way to Seoul and a bit more to Beijing. Depending on the month, there’s also space in Delta One suites on both routes at 160,000 SkyMiles each way, which is identical to the price on the Detroit-Tokyo nonstop. Return availability from either city is also variable depending on the month.
Also worth noting: Since booking opened on these A350 routes, folks who book a ticket in Premium Select premium economy with a connection to and/or from Detroit on either end are being booked in first class for the connecting legs. This remains true regardless of whether booking with cash or SkyMiles. While a number of international carriers have a similar policy of seating premium economy passengers in first class on connecting legs, Delta’s direct competitor American does not, electing instead to put premium economy passengers in economy.
Whether this is intentional on Delta’s part or simply a glitch remains to be seen, but for travelers interested in flying in premium economy on one of these routes, now may be a good time to book while you can get into domestic first class on the connecting routes.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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