It was a homecoming of sorts (at least for the Everett, Wash.-built 787-9) as Norwegian kicked off new 4x-weekly service from Gatwick to Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 17.
It was a lovely Seattle morning. The rain that had been forecast was late in arriving, and the plane landed early; everything came together nicely.
The jet was welcomed to Seattle with a traditional fire department water-cannon salute. In announcing the new service back in April, Norwegian Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said, “We are very excited to continue our expansion from the United States and add Seattle to our ever-growing route network. Seattle has always had a special place in Norwegian’s history and corporate profile as we have an all-Boeing fleet of more than 130 aircraft delivered from Washington State, and more than 200 Boeing aircraft on order.”
Norwegian is Sea-Tac’s fifth new international airline in the past 12 months — Volaris, Xiamen, Eurowings, and Virgin Atlantic preceded today’s first flight. It’s the airport’s 16th international service addition over the past decade.
“This is another example of how diverse and widespread our economic growth is here in the region,” said Lance Lyttle, Sea-Tac Airport’s managing director. The 4x weekly flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays.
There was no other fanfare for the arrival, just the wonderful ballet of unloading an incoming airliner.