Virgin Atlantic Takes Over Delta’s London Flight from Seattle, Delta Adds Portland-London Service

by Adam

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 passengers a greater number of seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft will be configured with 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.”

Virgin Atlantic’s Seattle to London-Heathrow service will operate as follows:

Flight number




Seattle at 7:10 p.m.

London-Heathrow at 1 p.m. (next day)


London-Heathrow at 11 a.m.

Seattle at 1:20 p.m.

Along with the swap in Seattle, Delta will launch seasonal service from Portland to London, Portland’s first and only flight to the UK. The flight will be operated four days per week from May 26, 2017, through Oct. 29, 2017 using a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. London service will complement Delta’s existing long-haul international service to Amsterdam and Tokyo.

Delta’s Portland to London-Heathrow service will operate as follows:

Flight number




Portland at 5 p.m.

London-Heathrow at 11:05 a.m. (next day)


London-Heathrow at 12:30 p.m.

Portland at 3:15 p.m.

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