Northwest Airlines will expand its trans-Pacific route network with new daily nonstop service from Seattle to Beijing. Scheduled to begin March 1, 2009, Northwest’s new nonstop service will connect Beijing to Seattle and destinations throughout the United States via flights operated by Northwest and their codeshare partners Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.
"China is Washington State's number one export market with nearly limitless opportunities for growth,” said Governor Christine Gregoire. She also noted that the new flights will reinforce Seattle as the gateway to Asia and the Pacific.
Northwest is also launching nonstop Detroit-Shanghai service next March. This daily service will be operated with Northwest’s 747-400 featuring 65 World Business Class near-flat seats and 338 coach seats. Northwest will continue to operate daily round-trip flights from its Tokyo-Narita hub to Beijing and Shanghai.