Virgin Atlantic, in conjunction with its joint venture partner Delta Air Lines, has announced it is making changes to its summer 2017 schedule, offering a third daily London Heathrow to LAX service.
From May 2017, Virgin Atlantic will fly three times a day between Heathrow and Los Angeles, giving customers more choice of flights during the peak summer travel season. All three of these services will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft – Virgin Atlantic’s most fuel-efficient aircraft with three cabin classes, including fully flat bed and aisle access seats in Upper Class. Customers with Upper Class tickets on this route will also receive complimentary limo service to and from the airport and access to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.
As part of the joint venture, Virgin Atlantic and Delta continue to co-locate their operations across key gateways, including London Heathrow, Atlanta, Orlando, Cancun, Detroit and New York. By May 2017, the two airlines will be co-located in LAX, Terminal 2, making connections between flights seamless for customers who want to travel onwards to over 20 Delta destinations, including Mexico, Hawaii and other parts of the US.
“We have been flying between LA and London for over 25 years and the additional service will offer our customers even more choice in flight and connection times between these two fast-paced cities,” Erik Varwijk, executive vice president commercial, at Virgin Atlantic said. “All three flights on this route will be operated by our brand new Boeing 787-9 aircraft, giving our customers the most optimal Virgin Atlantic experience, including our on-board WiFi and power at every seat. Together with the increased connectivity as part of our joint venture with Delta, we’re able to offer our customers the best possible experience when flying between London and Los Angeles.”
The airlines’ joint summer 2017 schedule includes a total of 40 peak daily nonstop flights between the US and the UK. 28 of these will operate between Heathrow and popular US destinations such as LA, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington DC, and 14 flights will operate between Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, Gatwick and Edinburgh to popular US cities.