Virgin Atlantic started service between London and Seattle today.
Virgin Atlantic will service this new route daily with a Boeing 787-9, the most fuel efficient aircraft manufactured here in Seattle. This will add over 40,000 more seats annually than the current service Delta operates between SEA and LHR. Their expected passenger load is around 150,000 passengers a year.
Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic and founder of the Virgin Group, said: “Seattle has long been on my list of cities to fly to and I’m delighted to launch this new service. As the home to Microsoft, Amazon and of course Boeing, Seattle’s one of the fastest growing cities in the US and as a mecca for entrepreneurs and innovators, it’s a perfect fit for the Virgin Atlantic brand.”
Craig Kreeger, Virgin Atlantic’s CEO expressed enthusiasm for expanding Virgin’s presence on the West Coast as well as giving travelers the chance to experience their service between these two cosmopolitan cities, as well as flying a high tech aircraft equipped with WiFi, a top notch IFE system, cool mood lighting and a trendy social onboard bar.
When flying from London to Seattle, Upper Class passengers will have access to their Clubhouse at Heathrow once you’ve been expedited through Virgin Atlantic’s own private security lines. Unfortunately, they will not have their own lounge out of Seattle, so you’ll have to make do with either of their partner’s lounges, Delta’s SkyClubs. Upon landing in Heathrow’s Terminal 3, you will be able to grab a quick shower and satiate your appetite at their Revivals Lounge before making it into the city.
Meanwhile Delta Air Lines announced new nonstop service from Portland to London, Portland’s first and only nonstop service to Europe using that 767-300ER.
The AirlineReporter.com reported on all of this today.