30 MARCH 2015
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The Delta Air Lines – Virgin Atlantic Airways relationship is celebrating a significant expansion of their trans-Atlantic partnership, with the introduction of a new flying programme that sees six new daily services available to customers.
It is far more than a simple code share – Delta owns 49% of Virgin and has a powerful say in its running.
The summer programme, now introduced, offers up to 39 return trans-Atlantic flights a day between the UK and 15 destinations across North America. The joint schedule includes 10 daily services between Heathrow and New York, now with eight daily departures to JFK and two to Newark.
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. The partnership will offer three daily flights from London and expects to carry close to 400,000 annual passengers on the route.
Also launched is a seasonal second daily Virgin Atlantic service between Heathrow and Atlanta, and a second service between Heathrow and San Francisco that will operate five days a week over the summer. A flight swap gives Delta Newark – Heathrow access for the first time and Virgin Atlanta – Manchester. www.delta.com www.virgin-atlantic.com
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