Yesterday, Delta Air Lines announced that it plans to launch scheduled flights between Seattle in the United States and Osaka Kansai airport in Japan in 2019.
Delta Air Lines’ Second Route to Osaka Kansai Airport
While the exact start date and schedule of the new route haven’t been announced yet, the airline plans to operate the new flight using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 225 seats in three classes.
The new service will be part of Delta Air Lines’ joint-venture partnership with Korean Air and Seattle will be the airline’s second destination served out of Osaka with the other one being Honolulu.
Besides Osaka, Delta Air Lines also has extensive operations at Tokyo Narita with more than half a dozen routes to the United States and Asia, as well as some presence in Nagoya and Fukuoka.
All Three Alliances to Offer Connection to the US Mainland
Currently, there are two non-stop services between Osaka and the US mainland. Both of those connect the Japanese city with the US West Coast. Namely, Star Alliance’s United Airlines serves San Francisco and oneworld’s Japan Airlines serves Los Angeles. Both of those flights operate daily.
Once Delta Air Lines launches the route from Osaka Kansai to Seattle, the US mainland will be reachable non-stop by Sky Team as well.
Other than the above flights, Honolulu in the United States is reachable from Osaka as well. In fact, with four airlines (AirAsia X, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Scoot) on top of Delta Air Lines operating the Kansai – Honolulu route, it is by far the busiest US route out of the airport.
All in all, Delta Air Lines launching the new route is a great development for Osaka Kansai airport since it will not only get direct access to yet another US city, but it will also offer one-stop service to the rest of the United States for Sky Team loyalists.