May 31, 2016
One of the great benefits of our Joint Venture with Delta is that we can work together on our transatlantic flying programme to ensure we have the right destinations and the right aircraft to give customers the best experience possible.
As a result, we’re excited to announce a new U.S. destination for Virgin Atlantic fliers, beginning summer 2017.
We don’t like to just give away the news, so take a guess at what these things all have in common:
That’s right – we’re delighted to announce that Seattle will soon become a Virgin Atlantic destination. It is one of America’s top five fastest growing cities and is home to some of the world’s largest businesses, including Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks T-Mobile USA and of course, Boeing. It’s also a fantastic tourist destination for holidaymakers to explore the best of the Pacific North West, and a gateway to Vancouver and Western Canada.
Beginning 26 March 2017, Virgin Atlantic will take over Delta’s daily service using a larger aircraft to connect an ever growing number of business travellers and outdoor adventure seekers between London Heathrow and Seattle-Tacoma International airports.
Haven’t I seen your aircraft in the skies above Seattle before?
We’ve got a lot of insider knowledge already about Seattle and the surrounding area. We have, after all, been popping over to pick up our new 787s from the Boeing factory there for a couple of years now. We’ll be sharing lots of Seattle Secrets from our people in the lead up to our first flight but thought we’d ask one of our experts for her reaction to the news. Liane Slaughter works in our Legal Team and has been to Seattle four times to pick up new 787s. Her job involves making sure all the contracts and financing are in order before we accept the aircraft. She’s a bit like the person you need when buying a house but this is much more expensive and much more complicated than a house. Here’s what Liane told us about Seattle:
“It’s such good news that we’re going to be flying direct to Seattle. Having been to the area over the last couple of years I have discovered it has everything; mountains, a gorgeous coastline, glaciers and lakes. The Columbia River Gorge between Washington and Oregon is spectacular – plenty of hiking amongst waterfalls and fabulous open spaces. The city itself is really vibrant with great culture and some brilliant restaurants. One place that is absolutely fascinating is Leavenworth which is in the middle of the northern Cascades – a Bavarian village in the heart of the USA. I totally recommend”.
Liane (4th from left) at the Boeing factory in Seattle taking delivery of Ruby Blog’s favourite 787 G-VYUM Ruby Murray.
The Seattle skyline at night
To make this new route possible, we’ve decided that our flight from London Heathrow to Detroit will pass to Delta. Delta is also adding a new route to Portland, Oregon. This is the only nonstop flight between the U.K. and Oregon and helps further expand our footprint on the West Coast This new service will be for the Summer only and will fly four times a week so that nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can explore everything Portland has to offer, from hiking trails, to national parks, gardens, farmers markets, food trucks and much more.
Along with our Virgin family, we’ve made some great friends in Detroit, including inspiring businesses such as Original Stix, Floyd, and Detroit Soup. We continue to be committed to this vibrant community through our JV and we fully intend on maintaining our relationships and continuing to connect customers across the pond.
For the Seattle Spotters among you the photos at the top are the Boeing factory at Everett (near Seattle), the Pike Place Market, Seattle Mariners stadium and Starbucks HQ