Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways are celebrating a significant expansion of their transatlantic partnership, with the introduction of a new flying programme that sees six new daily services available to customers.
From this weekend the two airlines begin their summer schedule, offering up to 39 return transatlantic flights a day between the UK and 15 destinations across North America.
The joint schedule includes ten daily flights on the world’s largest business travel market, between London Heathrow and New York, now with eight daily departures to New York-JFK and two departures to Newark.
Customers travelling between JFK and London Heathrow will benefit from a memory schedule of regular evening departures from New York.
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.
Combined with the Delta service launched in October 2014, the partnership will offer three daily flights from London to the City of Angels and expects to carry close to 400,000 annual passengers on the route.
Also launching this weekend 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.
The two airlines are maximising the benefits of their joint venture partnership and increasing passenger choice by aligning schedules to best meet customer demand.
This will see a transfer of operations that begins this weekend with Delta flying one of the London Heathrow to Newark services previously operated by Virgin Atlantic.
Meanwhile Sir Richard Branson’s airline will take over Delta’s Manchester to Atlanta service offering 26 per cent extra seat capacity on the popular route.
Further joint venture services are to be introduced later in the summer including a new daily Delta service between London Heathrow and Philadelphia, starting April 27th.
A new daily Delta service between Manchester and New York JFK starting will also launch on May 22nd, while a new daily Virgin Atlantic service between Heathrow and Detroit will start on June 1st.
Virgin Atlantic is resuming flights from London Gatwick to the Caribbean island of Tobago from Sunday and will be offering a weekly service during the summer and a twice weekly service in the winter.
Joe Thompson, director of network and alliances at Virgin Atlantic said: “We’re very excited to offer this range of new services and frequencies which are a further demonstration of how our joint venture partnership is benefitting customers.
“Both Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines put our customers at the heart of what we do.
“We are passionate about giving them the best flying experience possible and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board.”
This summer, Delta flights between London Heathrow and Boston, Los Angeles and New York will operate from Heathrow’s Terminal 3 alongside all Virgin Atlantic services.
Delta flights between Heathrow and Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St Paul, Philadelphia and Seattle will operate from Terminal 4.