Virgin Atlantic plans to strengthen its transatlantic network

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300
Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 (© NMOS332 CC BY-SA 2.0)

Virgin Atlantic will increase its presence in the UK – US travel market to maximise the benefeits of its joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines. The british airline now outlines a programme of network changes with more flights into the United States and less flights to the rest of the world. For instance Virgin Atlantic will withdraw its flights to Tokyo and Mumbai ad will not renew its seasonal flights to Vancouver and Cape Town.

New services:

  • A new daily service from London Heathrow to Detroit offering new connections across North and Central USA such as Cincinnati, New Orleans, Memphis and Indianapolis
  • A fifth daily service from London Heathrow to New York, JFK
  • An additional daily service from London Heathrow to Los Angeles
  • An additional daily service during the summer season from London Heathrow to Atlanta
  • An additional summer seasonal service from London Heathrow to San Francisco flying five times a week
  • An additional daily service during the winter season from London Heathrow to Miami
  • A transfer of operations with joint venture partner Delta Air Lines that will see Virgin Atlantic fly a daily service between Manchester and Atlanta and Delta fly one of Virgin Atlantic’s existing London Heathrow to Newark services. Across the joint venture, Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines will now offer ten daily services from London to the New York area.

In addition, Delta Air Lines will launch a new daily service between Manchester and New York JFK in Summer 2015.

Cancelations:

  • A withdrawal of operations to Tokyo Narita with the final flight from London to Narita on 31 January 2015 and the final flight from Narita to London on 01 February 2015.
  • A withdrawal of operations to Mumbai with the final flight from London to Mumbai on 31 January 2015 and the final flight from Mumbai to London on 01 February 2015.
  • The summer seasonal service from London Heathrow to Vancouver will not return after this season’s flying programme is completed on 11 October 2014.
  • The winter seasonal service to Cape Town will operate as planned in winter 2014/15 but will not be renewed the following winter. The final flight from London to Cape Town will be on 26 April 2015 and the final flight from Cape Town to London on 27 April 2015.

Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive at Virgin Atlantic said:
„Our ambition is to be profitable for the long term, earn competitive returns, and invest those into providing the very best experience for our customers on the routes they most want to fly.“

Among the plans the airline has set out is a commitment to investing in customer experience. A major programme of work is already underway that will see £300m invested by the end of 2018, on the ground and in the air. The imminent arrival of Virgin Atlantic’s first Boeing 787-9 will continue a fleet modernisation programme of over £2bn that will give it one of the youngest fleets in the world.

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