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Article from BTNews 3 NOVEMBER 2014

Delta and Virgin route swap starts

Virgin Atlantic has introduced a new flight from Heathrow to Atlanta following a route swap with shareholder Delta Airlines.  Delta takes over one of Virgin’s two Los Angeles daily services and for its part Virgin gains access to Atlanta for the first time.

The LA route is Delta’s seventh non-stop destination between London and the United States.  Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, is operating its first ever flights into the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, having taken over one of Delta’s three daily services, and is now able to offer more than 100 additional international and domestic connections to its customers at Delta’s hub airport.

“We have a common goal to grow our joint venture network across the transatlantic and provide customers with greater choice,” said Ed Bastian, President of Delta.  “With the Virgin Atlantic service to our hometown and Delta providing non-stop access between London and Los Angeles, this route harmonisation is a further demonstration of our strong partnership.”

Delta and Virgin Atlantic will operate their Los Angeles and Atlanta services at Heathrow Terminal 3.  This co-location adds to the New York-JFK, Boston and Seattle joint venture flights, which already operate from Terminal 3.  Access is provided in Virgin Atlantic’s award winning Clubhouse for all Business Class passengers. www.delta.com   www.virgin-atlantic.com

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