Transatlantic Expansion

04_Craig West

DELTA AIR LINES and Virgin Atlantic are to expand their co-operation after announcing they will fly a combined 39 return transatlantic flights a day to 15 US destinations this summer. The joint schedule includes ten daily services between London Heathrow and New York (eight to John F Kennedy and two to Newark Liberty), and three daily flights to Los Angeles, two of which will be flown by Virgin. The group is expecting to carry almost 400,000 passengers a year on the route to California, while the British carrier will open its first Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport during May.

Joe Thompson, Director of Network and Alliances at Virgin Atlantic said: “We’re very excited to offer this range of new services and frequencies which are a further demonstration of how our joint venture partnership is benefitting customers. Both Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines put our customers at the heart of what we do. We are passionate about giving them the best flying experience possible and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board.”

The new schedule will also see a transfer of operations between the two airlines, with Virgin taking over Delta’s Manchester to Atlanta service and Delta flying a former Virgin link from Heathrow to Newark. (Photo Key – Craig West)