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The Battle For Seattle: Asian Airlines Are Ramping Up Service To The Emerald City

The Battle For Seattle: Asian Airlines Are Ramping Up Service To The Emerald City
Scott Dylan

It seems that everyone in Asia’s airline market wants a piece of Seattle. Several Asian carriers are increasing service to the West Coast city in an attempt to tap into a growing demand. Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines have all announced routes to Seattle. Even EVA Air is taking a second look at Seattle and seeing how it can increase frequency to the city.

More Asian carriers in Seattle means more direct flights to Seattle from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo by this time next year.


The Routes

Japan Airlines is launching its route on March 31 of 2019. The direct route will take travelers from Tokyo to Seattle. Older travelers may remember that Japan Airlines used to offer this route until it was cancelled in October of 1992. Present-day travelers looking to transfer using Alaska Airlines as a partner airline are sure to appreciate the fact that the route is back. The B787-8 aircraft will be used for the resurrected route.

Cathay Pacific will be introduce its new route to Seattle on March 31. The route will take passengers from Hong Kong to Seattle on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Return flights will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Cathay Pacific has already announced that it plans to use its A350-900 aircraft for the new route.

Singapore Airlines won’t be introducing its new flights to Seattle until Sept. 3 of next year. The route will initially be offered three times per week. However, plans are in place to increase frequency to four times per week. Flights will begin operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at first. Singapore Airlines is also partners with Alaska Airlines. That means that the new flights will allow for seamless transfers. Singapore Airlines intends to use its A350-900 aircraft for its newly introduced flights to Seattle.

EVA Air already operates flights to Seattle using its B777 aircraft. A route between Taipei and Seattle is currently available seven times per week. However, the frequency of that route will increase to 10 times per week beginning on July 7. Twice-daily flights will head to Seattle on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays. All other days of the week will have once-daily flights to Seattle.


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View Comments (4)


  1. edgewood49

    November 24, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Old news. What you didn’t note was the lack of capacity to handle the influx

  2. davistev

    November 24, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines are all Alaska Airlines partners. Very convenient for all.

  3. northsideguy

    November 24, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Thai Airways is looking into future royte BKK to Sea

  4. kkua

    November 27, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Sadly, DL has dropped their SEA-HKG route and let CX scoop in the business. The next route in danger is their SEA-NRT-SIN route. It was daily and we may see its demise because of de-hubbing NRT. I really miss my old NW routes.

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