The US Department of Transportation has approved Delta Air Lines' request for seven weekly US to China frequencies to operate its proposed flight between Seattle and Shanghai Pudong.
The department says that the Atlanta-based SkyTeam carrier must begin the flights by 27 June 2013 or return the frequencies, in a filing on 11 October.
Delta announced plans to launch a daily flight on the route with a Boeing 767-300ER from 17 June 2013 on 8 October. The flights will connect with its codeshare partner Alaska Airlines in Seattle and its SkyTeam partners China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines in Shanghai.
There are 28 weekly US to China frequencies available for US carriers following the award to Delta, according to the filing.
The airline is also seeking authority from the DOT to operate flights between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda, and plans to upgauge its existing daily nonstop between Seattle and Tokyo Narita to a Boeing 747-400 on 1 June 2013.