Delta, Virgin Atlantic Add 50 Daily Seats Between Seattle and London, Launch Portland-London Service


London calls, and joint venture partners Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Virgin Atlantic are answering by adding more than 50 daily seats between Seattle and London as well as adding service from Portland International Airport to London-Heathrow.

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Beginning March 26, 2017, Virgin Atlantic will fly between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and London-Heathrow, replacing the flight currently operated by Delta. This marks Virgin Atlantic’s first flight in Seattle, offering customers a greater number of seats on its most fuel-efficient aircraft – a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. With this change, customers will have the opportunity to enjoy Virgin Atlantic’s innovative service, including its Premium Economy product featuring a new Wander Wall for snacks and socializing, chauffer limo service, its iconic bar and fully flat-bed seats for Upper Class customers, and a uniquely British food and beverage service. Upon landing into London-Heathrow T3, Upper Class customers can refresh and refuel in Virgin Atlantic’s Revivals Lounge before heading to London for meetings. Prior to departure, select customers can work, relax, and dine in Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning Clubhouse.*

Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9 Dreamliner has 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium Economy and 198 Economy seats.

“We are looking forward to broadening our presence on the West Coast of America by introducing the Virgin Atlantic experience to customers in Seattle,” said Erik Varwijk, Virgin Atlantic’s Executive Vice President of Commercial. “It is because of our joint venture with Delta that we have been able to optimize our routes and touch down in Seattle next summer using our newest, most fuel efficient Boeing 787-9 aircraft with additional capacity. In less than a year, customers flying between the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and the U.K. can delight in all that Virgin Atlantic has to offer – from our Premium Economy cabin to our airport Clubhouses and uniquely British onboard service.”

“In more than two years of partnership, Delta and Virgin Atlantic have built a network centered on the needs of customers. For Seattle, that means adding 50 daily seats between Sea-Tac and London,” said Mike Medeiros, Delta’s Vice President–Seattle. “Seattleites will appreciate Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy product and its pioneering, authentic brand, while enjoying the same high level of service they’ve grown accustomed to on Delta’s London flight.”