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Seattle Welcomes Lufthansa
Posted March 30, 2008


On March 30, many came to witness the inaugural flight of Lufthansa Airlines under a water canon salute. Guests were treated to a gate reception, followed by a performance by the Seattle Children's Chorus and a press conference.

Among the crowd to celebrate the remarkable event were Tay Yoshitani, CEO of the Port of Seattle, soon-to-be-knighted by the king of Spain Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton, and Honorary Consul of Germany, Petra Walker, to name a few.   

            “More than 50,000 travel between Seattle and Frankfurt every year,” a beaming Creighton said. “Germany is the 3rd largest European travel market.”  Creighton also said that the new service will certainly attract leisure travelers but particularly businesses.

Only last year in June, Air France began daily non-stop service between Seattle and Paris, adding to the already existing non-stop flights to other European destinations, such as Copenhagen  via SAS, Amsterdam via Northwest Airlines, and London via British Airways.  

            The latest addition of the profitable German airline to SeaTac’s direct international flights has been the result of a long but successful courtship by the port. Lufthansa’s decision to service Seattle may also be accredited to the fact that the port has either heavily discounted or completely waived the first few years of fees that international air carriers have to pay at SeaTac.   

            Lufthansa flight LH 491 departs at 2:30 pm and arrives in Frankfurt at 9:25 am local time the next day. The return flight, LH 490, leaves Frankfurt at 11:20 am and arrives in Seattle at 12:35 pm local time the same day. The flights operate daily.


Lufthansa is welcomed by the Port of Seattle's firefighters

Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen

All photos: Martina Law


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