Delta to Increase its Heathrow Presence

Delta Air Lines has announced it will significantly grow its presence at London’s Heathrow Airport when its partnership with Virgin Atlantic comes into force later this year.  Heathrow is the world’s top business destination: of the top ten transatlantic corporate markets, 8 of them are to London Heathrow.  Delta and Virgin expect to jointly offer 21 daily flights from London Heathrow to the US by the end of 2013.
Speaking in London Ed Bastian, Delta’s president said:  “London Heathrow is the most important access point for corporate travellers and that was the driving force behind our decision to invest in Virgin Atlantic.”  He added: “Given the constraints on growth at Heathrow, our partnership with Virgin will enable us to expand our presence at this airport and level the field a little with our competitors, while offering customers even more in terms of choice and benefits.”
On March 31, Delta will launch a third daily service between Heathrow and Atlanta for a total of nine daily nonstop flights to five U.S. cities: New York-JFK, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St Paul and Boston.
This provides potential customers with almost 30,000 weekly seats on Delta flights between Heathrow and the United States this summer.
In addition, the US carrier has made a number of significant investments in products and services for customers flying from Heathrow, including fully flat-bed seats on all services between Heathrow and the US and the introduction of Wi-Fi on transatlantic services.  A new $1.4billion upgrade to Terminal 4 at New York’s JFK Airport will open in May this year.