American Airlines announces a build-up in Seattle. Delta Air Lines announces a build-up in Seattle. American announces new service from Seattle to London. Delta announces new service from Seattle to London.
It reminds me of a song…
Delta Responds to American Build Up In Seattle
Last week I wrote about AA’s build-up in Seattle. It seemed an odd choice considering Seattle is not a hub and up until now was not even a focus city. In fact, it seemed like a deliberate confrontation with Delta.
And Delta, apparently, is ready to rise to the challenge. This summer, it will add 3x daily service between Seattle and Dallas (DFW) utilizing an Airbus A220. Dallas, of course, is a fortress hub of American Airlines. Delta will also add new service to Columbus, Ohio (CMH) on the A220.
Furthermore, Delta will add a new flight to London Heathrow, which it says will be in addition to joint venture-partner Virgin Atlantic’s daily service (and seasonal double daily service). The London flight will not begin until an unspecified date in 2021.
With the new Delta and American flights, Seattle may see up to seven daily flights to London during peak season (one on American, two on British Airways, one on Delta, one on Norwegian, and two on Virgin Atlantic).
Delta is also increasing service to:
- Anchorage (ANC)
- Atlanta (ATL)
- Austin (AUS)
- Boise (BOI)
- Boston (BOS)
- Bozeman (BZN)
- Kansas City (MCI)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Spokane (GEG)
- Tampa (TPA)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
(most of these routes were announced previously, but have not yet begun)
Will the move incite further reaction from American Airlines? Fasten your seatbelts, because I expect more route surprises in the weeks and months ahead.
It’s a great time to be a Seattle traveler. With 190 daily departures to 56 destinations this summer, Delta continues to build its presence there. With American Airlines, reinvigorated with its new relationship with Alaska Airlines, knocking at the door, it isn’t clear whether American or Delta will win. But consumers certainly will.
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