February 6, 2013 Delta Canceling Tokyo-Seoul Route
Delta announced they are canceling their once daily Tokyo-Seoul service as of the end of May. Delta inherited this route from merger partner Northwest which had previously been operated by NW A330s but is now down to 757 service. This leaves Delta serving Seoul out of Detroit. As far as I know this is the first Tokyo route cancellation Delta has made. It is also odd as it was widely thought that the Delta’s NRT operation was rather profitable.
DL 578/579 were timed to meet the Delta’s USA arrivals and departures in Narita. Delta clearly isn’t getting the performance they need out of the route. United so far has not announced termination of their NRT-ICN flight which may suggest that United is gaining ground in the Tokyo market. The other alternative is that Skyteam codeshare partner Korean Air is sufficient for Delta’s needs.
h/t Airline Route blog.