Virgin Atlantic Airways
will be introducing an additional daily JFK service, increasing its flights between Heathrow and New York from five to six a day. The new daily service will be the airline’s second daylight flight from New York and will operate from 1 July 2006.
Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, said:
“I am delighted that Virgin Atlantic is increasing its services to New York from five to six services a day. New York was Virgin Atlantic’s first route and remains our biggest route and as this expansion shows, the demand for travel to the destination continues to go from strength to strength. This new service will see us carrying up to 200,000 extra passengers to ‘the Big Apple’ each year.
“Upper Class passengers flying to New York can enjoy our award winning Upper Class Suite plus four limo transfers per return journey, Drive Thru Check In at Heathrow, the brand new Clubhouse at Heathrow including Cowshed Spa and Bumble and bumble hair salon, inflight beauty therapy and on board bar.”
“With the addition of this New York service, we have also made some great schedule improvements making our well timed flights without a doubt the best way to travel to New York.”
In conjunction with the new JFK service, from the 1 July 2006 the VS009 will change from its current 1805 departure to a new Heathrow departure time of 1600.These changes will allow Virgin Atlantic to bring the VS010 departure from JFK forward to 2125.
Virgin Atlantic launched flights between London and New York - Newark in June 1984 and services to JFK in August 1989. Since then Virgin has flown over 12 million passengers between London and New York.
The new daylight JFK service will depart Heathrow at 18:00 and arrive into JFK at 21:00. The return flight will leave JFK at 07:30 and arrive back into Heathrow at 19:10 the same day. This service will operate using an Airbus 340-600 aircraft and will be configured with 45 Upper Class seats, 28 Premium Economy seats and 223 in Economy.