11 FEBRUARY 2019
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As forecast earlier (BTN 7 January), competition on the London – Tel Aviv route is set to increase later this year after Virgin Atlantic confirmed last week it will launch a daily Airbus A330-300 service from Heathrow from 25 September.
The airline said it was offering more than 180,000 seats a year and “a seamless and consistent long-haul onboard experience” for passengers from Tel Aviv connecting via Heathrow to destinations throughout North America.
These would be available across the networks of both Virgin Atlantic and its partner airline Delta including New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Virgin said it would also offer 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each flight with new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as fresh produce and high tech products between Israel, the UK and the US.
Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss said: “This year marks the start of a new phase of growth for Virgin Atlantic as we work to achieve our ambition to become the most loved travel company.
“Tel Aviv represents a fantastic opportunity for us – Israel’s economy is booming and as one of the world’s leading tech hubs we’re anticipating many business travellers and entrepreneurs flying between Tel Aviv and the UK.”
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