Delta Gets China OK For Seattle-Beijing Route

May 19, 2010

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Delta Air Lines said on Tuesday it received final approval from the Chinese government to launch non-stop flights between Seattle and Beijing beginning June 4.

The new route, which will operate five times a week, will offer connecting options from cities in Delta and codeshare partner Alaska Air's network to Beijing via Alaska's Seattle hub, Delta said.

The company added that a new non-stop flight between Seattle and Osaka, Japan, starts June 7.

Delta is looking to strengthen its presence in high-growth markets as demand for air travel rises in the improving economy.

A week ago, the Atlanta-based carrier said it would add more flights between New York City and key global business markets such as London, Moscow and Milan.

(Reuters)