Delta Air Lines is axing its Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) to Hong Kong (HKG) service effective October 4. The daily Boeing 777 flight is Delta’s last remaining flight to Hong Kong. Delta canceled its Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Hong Kong service in 2014.
Per Delta, service will end in the fall:
“Delta has made the difficult business decision to cease Seattle/Tacoma-Hong Kong service, with the last flight out of Hong Kong on October 4. Delta will continue to serve Hong Kong from Seattle/Tacoma via Seoul-ICN, with its joint venture partner Korean Air.”
Delta plans to resume service between Seattle and Osaka-Kansai (KIX), flown on a Boeing 767-300ER, sometime in 2019. Delta currently serves Osaka from Honolulu.
Seattle will be without one connection, however. There no other airlines offering nonstop service between the Pacific Northwest tech hub and Hong Kong.
A Global Airline Without Service to Hong Kong
United and Delta are the strongest US carriers to Asia, competing heavily in key markets like Tokyo and Shanghai. Delta was already at a competitive disadvantage with just one daily flight to Hong Kong. Compare that to United, with service to Chicago, Guam, Newark, and San Francisco. American also serves Hong Kong from its hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles.
It’s hard to believe the world’s second-largest airline will not serve an important market like Hong Kong.
Partner Flights to Hong Kong
Delta’s Hong Kong exit does not mean Delta loyalists will be without options to Hong Kong. Delta will offer codeshare service through its joint venture partner, Korean Air.
A quick search on delta.com from Seattle to Hong Kong also shows available connections – but not codeshare flights – through SkyTeam partner China Eastern as well as United’s partner ANA (operated by Air Japan), a member of Star Alliance.
Correction: A previous version of this story indicated Delta’s Seattle – Hong Kong flight is six-weekly. The flight operates daily, with a slight time adjustment on day 4 (Wednesday).