21 OCTOBER 2013

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Article from BTNews 21 OCTOBER 2013

Delta at Heathrow

The award winning Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow T3 will be available for Delta customers when the American airline moves from its present home at Heathrow T4 “at some point in the future”. 

With its tie-up confirmed by the regulatory authorities both the airlines are looking ahead but with apron positions at a premium at T3 some negotiations with carriers who might wish to swap terminals is required.  The Virgin Clubhouse can probably cope with the extra numbers, Delta’s North American flights for the most part not competing with the Virgin Atlantic’s (VS) operations in the evening to the East and South.

Delta says that one benefit already established is connecting traffic for its six US routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Manchester through Virgin’s Little Red.  (See BTN 22 July)

From 29 March, Delta will offer a new daily VS code-share service from Heathrow to Seattle to compete with British Airways.  The airline already serves both Amsterdam and Paris from Seattle using Air France/KLM as a partner under its Skyteam arrangement.  Delta will operate a 210-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 35 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy Class seats. www.delta.com

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