Virgin Atlantic Launches Additional Service to London

[image1_left] Virgin Atlantic Airways today announced that it will launch additional
seasonal service to London from Boston, Washington and New York (Newark)
from June 1, 2004 until October 30, 2004, offering more capacity and
choice to passengers over the peak summer period. The airline will operate
three additional services per week between London and both Boston and
Washington as well as an additional weekly Newark service. All new flights
from the US will operate as daylight service giving passengers a popular
alternative to existing flight options.
Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, said:

  “Virgin Atlantic is pleased to announce these additional services over
the summer period from Boston, Washington and Newark to London—three
of our most popular routes.  These new services reflect the airline’s
growing confidence in the transatlantic market and increasing passenger
demand for long haul travel.

  “With our load factors on the transatlantic routes at record highs
compared to the last few years these new services will also help to
satisfy recent increased demand. This is also great news for US tourism.
We estimate these new services will bring in around 10,000 additional UK
passengers, mainly tourists, into the US over the summer.”

The additional service from Washington, VS056, will depart on Thursdays,
Saturdays and Mondays at 7:25am and arrive into Heathrow at 7:30pm. The
return flight, VS055, from Heathrow will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays
and Sundays departing at 8:10pm and arriving into Washington 11:20pm the
same day.

The additional service from Boston, VS054, will depart on Tuesdays,
Fridays and Sundays at 8:00am and arrive into Heathrow at 7:30pm. The
return service, VS053, will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
departing from Heathrow at 8:10pm and arriving into Boston at 10:20pm.


The additional weekly Newark service will bring the VS018 and VS017 to a
daily service, in addition to our existing daily service from Newark to
London. The new flight will depart from Newark on Wednesdays at 7:50am and
arrive into Heathrow at 7:30pm. The return flight departs from Heathrow on
Tuesdays at 8:10pm and arrives into Newark at 10:50pm. We also currently
operate three flights a day from JFK to London Heathrow and two
Continental codeshare flights from Newark.

Since it was founded in 1984, Virgin Atlantic Airways has become Britain’s
second largest carrier operating long haul services to twenty-two
destinations world-wide as far apart as Las Vegas and Shanghai. Virgin
Atlantic flies to London from nine US cities including: JFK, Newark,
Washington Dulles, Boston, Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San
Francisco. Virgin Atlantic currently has a fleet of 28 aircraft which
includes thirteen 747s and nine A340-300s and six A340-600s.