Virgin Atlantic touches down in Seattle

Richard steps off our Boeing 787 in Seattle

Richard steps off our Boeing 787 in Seattle

Yesterday we touched down in Seattle. Our celebration flight had departed Heathrow earlier in the day. Onboard was up and coming musician RAYE who spent her time on the flight writing and performing a song about Seattle. RAYE was joined by Richard, our CEO Craig Kreeger and a host of journalists, travel writers and competition winners.

The Seattle celebrations get under way

The Seattle celebrations get under way

After the traditional post-landing celebrations everyone onboard headed off for a couple of days sightseeing, partying and exploring this wonderful new addition to our network.

Our favourite Seattle facts

Why is Seattle called the Emerald City?
This name derives from the verdant green nature of the area. Seattle is surrounded by lush green forests and woodlands.

Why does it rain so much in Seattle?
The onshore flow of air from the Pacific, split by the Olympic Mountains creates some rain patterns that affect Seattle. But here’s the thing. Seattle is way down the list of rainiest cities. They might have more light showers, but in terms of inches of rain per year, it really isn’t anything out of the ordinary.

Why is Seattle called Seattle
Seattle is named after Chief Seattle (1786 – 1866) a Suquamish Tribe Chief who lived around Puget Sound. He was known for working with the settlers and also for responsible for one of our favourite travel quotes “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints” You can read more of his quotes here

You can book to fly to this amazing city and beautiful part of the world on the Virgin Atlantic website and learn all about our latest destination on our Seattle portal here. We look forward to welcoming you onboard.

About Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.
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