Excerpt from article at http://www.europeanweekly.net/pages/features/fea_travel23.htm
“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. “