The British airline expands its West Coast service

Virgin Atlantic on Sunday launched a new daily service from Sea-Tac International Airport to London Heathrow. The new service is operated by a fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner and replaces the flight offered by joint venture partner Delta Air Lines.

©2011 Craig Sunter, Creative Commons

©2011 Craig Sunter, Creative Commons

Virgin Atlantic expects to fly 150,000 passengers between the two stops each year.

By adding the new route, Virgin Atlantic looks forward to expanding its innovative service to West Coast travelers flying between Seattle and London. “Seattle has long been on my list of cities to fly to and I’m delighted to launch this new service,” Virgin Atlantic president Sir Richard Branson said in a press release. “As the home to Microsoft, Amazon, and of course Boeing, Seattle’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and as a mecca for entrepreneurs and innovators. It’s a perfect fit for the Virgin Atlantic Brand.”

Travelers flying from to and from London will have access to Virgin Atlantic’s unique in-flight offerings, including chauffeur limo service, a bar, and flat-bed seats for Upper Class customers.

“We’re really looking forward to expanding our presence on the West Coast as well as introducing the Virgin Atlantic experience to customers flying between the UK and Seattle” Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said in a news release. “As the home of Boeing, it only seems right to fly our newest, most fuel-efficient aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 on the London to Seattle route. With WiFi, mood lighting, onboard bar, and top of the range in-flight entertainment whether travelling for leisure or business, we know our customers love to fly on this high-tech aircraft.”

With its new, daily service from Seattle, Virgin Atlantic now offers service to three West Coast cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.