Delta Air Lines has confirmed it will launch daily non-stop service between Seattle and London Heathrow from 29 March 2014, after indicating it would do so as it awaits anti-trust approval of its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic.
The carrier will operate 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the route, configured with 35 flat-bed seats in business class, 32 seats in premium economy and 143 in economy.
"Our international expansion in Seattle is possible because of our partnerships with Alaska Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM," says Glen Hauenstein, Delta executive vice president - marketing, network planning and revenue management. "Together the airlines can provide customers in the Pacific Northwest with an unmatched global network and an industry-leading customer experience on the ground and in the air."
London will become Delta's eighth non-stop destination from Seattle. The SkyTeam carrier began service to Shanghai and Tokyo Haneda from Seattle in June, and also serves Tokyo Narita, Beijing, Osaka, Paris and Amsterdam.
Delta announced the acquisition of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic in December 2012 and expects to receive US Department of Transportation anti-trust immunity later this year for its joint venture with the UK carrier.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic launched an extensive codeshare agreement on 3 July covering 108 routes to 66 destinations in North America and the UK.