Delta Air Lines synchronises UK services with Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines synchronises UK services with Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines will launch daily non-stop service between Manchester International Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport from June 2nd, 2015 as it increases its network between the UK and North America.

The airline will also begin flying its first non-stop service between London-Heathrow and Newark Liberty International Airport effective March 29th, 2015.

Both routes will be operated in conjunction with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic.

Delta’s new Newark operation is part of a network update by Virgin Atlantic where Delta will operate one of Virgin’s two Newark services while Virgin Atlantic will start its first daily non-stop Manchester to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport service.

This increase to the joint venture flying from Manchester will give customers access to more than 200 connecting destinations through Delta’s Atlanta and New York-JFK hubs.

“The UK is a key market for us and building our connections to the United States is a top priority,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Our partnership with Virgin Atlantic continues to grow and is focused on improving services while offering more destinations and schedule choice for our customers.”

Delta has operated services from Manchester since June 1991 when its maiden flight departed from Atlanta.

Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, has served the market since 1996 and also operates services to Orlando and Las Vegas from Manchester.

The updated joint venture network from London-Heathrow brings the daily number of services to the New York area to ten.

Eight of these flights will operate to JFK and two to Newark.