By Bonson Lam
Delta Air Lines, the largest airline in the United States by market capitalisation and a member of the Sky Team alliance, plans to fly from Seattle to Osaka-Kansai in Japan from 2019 although no firm date has been given.
Delta will operate the Osaka-Kansai service with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. "Giving customers more choices between the U.S. and Asia, the launch of Seattle-Osaka is another milestone in building the industry's best transpacific joint venture," said Matteo Curcio, vice president - Asia Pacific.
Customers can connect to the Seattle Osaka flight from multiple major and secondary airports in Canada, the United States and Mexico including: Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Fairbanks, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New York-JFK, Orlando, Portland Oregon, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose California, and Washington-Dulles. Delta Connections can connect passengers to Boise, Bozeman, Calgary, Denver, Edmonton, Eugene, Kansas City, Medford, Missoula, Orange County, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Redmond/Bend, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Vancouver, Victoria, while Aeromexico has connections to Mexico City.
This Osaka flight is in addition to Delta’s first transpacific non-stop flight from its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub to Tokyo-Haneda, where the carrier also intends to operate the refurbished 777-200ER aircraft in 2019.
If you have a few hours at Osaka Kansai airport, why not visit Kishiwada. Don't let its quiet nature deceive you, it is home to many family owned confectioners, as well as the Kishiwada Danjiri, one of Japan's most exciting festivals in September.
Kansai Airport has convenient connections to Osaka and Kyoto by train or bus.
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