13 JUNE 2016
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Joint-venture partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are responding to growing demand on routes to and from London by adding more than 50 daily seats from Seattle as well as adding service from Portland to Heathrow next year.
From 26 March 2017, Virgin will fly the route between Seattle and Heathrow with a B787-9 Dreamliner, replacing the flight currently operated by Delta.
The aircraft will be fitted with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium Economy and 198 Economy seats.
Virgin executive vice-president Erik Varwijk said the airline was looking forward to broadening its presence on the US West Coast and praised the joint venture with Delta that had enabled the airline to optimise its routes.
Along with the swap in Seattle, Delta will launch a seasonal four-times-weekly service operated by B767-300ER between Portland and London from 26 May 2017 until 29 October.
It will be the first and only flight between the UK and Portland, an important business destination with four Fortune 1000 companies based there and a growing economy outpacing the US average.
The London service will complement Delta's existing long-haul international service to Amsterdam and Tokyo for Portland's business customers.
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I seem to remember from my days at Pan AM that they were the first airline flying between Portland and London with an intermediate stop in Seattle