Delta, Virgin Atlantic launch Portland-London service

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Virgin Atlantic have added more than 50 daily seats between Seattle and London as well as adding service from Portland International Airport to London-Heathrow, the companies said.

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.

Virgin Atlantic´s executive vice president of commercial Erik Varwijk said, “We are looking forward to broadening our presence on the West Coast of America by introducing the Virgin Atlantic experience to customers in Seattle. 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.”

Delta´s Vice President–Seattle Mike Medeiros said, “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.”

Delta will also 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.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 330 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.

Virgin Atlantic was founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and flies to 33 destinations worldwide, including locations across the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Virgin Atlantic currently has a fleet of 39 aircraft, which is comprised of Boeing 747s, Boeing 787s, Airbus A340-600s and A330-300s.