Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines new summer flying
MAR 25, 2015: From this weekend the two airlines begin their summer schedule, offering up to 39 return transatlantic flights a day between the UK and 15 destinations across North America. The joint schedule includes 10 daily flights on the world’s largest business travel market, between MAR London Heathrow and New York, now with eight daily departures to New York-JFK and two departures to Newark. Customers travelling between JFK and London Heathrow will benefit from a memory schedule of regular evening departures from New York. Virgin Atlantic is launching a second daily service between Heathrow and Los Angeles, complemented by significant investment on the ground with the first ever Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Los Angeles due to open next month. Combined with the Delta service launched in October 2014, the partnership will be offering three daily flights from London to the City of Angels and expects to carry close to 400,000 passengers a year on the route. Also launching this weekend is a seasonal second daily Virgin Atlantic service between Heathrow and Atlanta, and a second service between Heathrow and San Francisco operating five days a week over the summer before becoming a daily service in October. The two airlines are maximising the benefits of their Joint Venture partnership and increasing passenger choice through aligning schedules to best meet customer demand. This will see a transfer of operations begin this weekend with Delta flying one of the London Heathrow to Newark services previously operated by Virgin Atlantic. Meanwhile Sir Richard Branson’s airline will take over Delta’s Manchester to Atlanta service offering 26 per cent extra seat capacity onto the popular route.