Delta Air Lines, the only airline now providing nonstop flights from Sea-Tac Airport to Shanghai, will gain new competition beginning this summer.
China’s Hainan Airlines will begin flying that route June 22 using an Airbus A330-200 wide-bodied aircraft. Hainan has flown between Sea-Tac and Beijing since 2008. The Shanghai service will be the airline’s first nonstop service to the Chinese city from the West Coast.
Initially, Hainan will fly nonstop to Shanghai four days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The new flights will depart Seattle at noon and arrive in Shanghai at 4:30 p.m. the following day. The return flight will leave Shanghai’s Pudong airport at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 9:35 a.m. the same day. The flight will cross the International Date Line between the two cities causing the time to advance one day traveling westward and to retreat one day flying east.
The Hainan flight to Shanghai is one of 14 new international services from Sea-Tac added since 2007. New flights have been added to Sea-Tac‘s international schedule from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Reykjavik in Europe. In Asia, new flights have been scheduled to Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports, to Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Seoul. Additionally, an Emirates Airline flight now connects Sea-Tac with Dubai.