Virgin Atlantic has become the first UK airline to participate in the USA’s transportation security administration’s TSA Precheck system. Virgin Atlantic customers enrolled in TSA Precheck can skip the slower security queues and enjoy a faster, easier security screening process when departing from US airports.
Pay for thousands of Virgin Atlantic Airlines crew has taken off after constructive negotiations between Unite and Virgin delivered a pay deal worth more than double the current rate of inflation for thousands of cabin crew and significantly above inflation for on-board managers.
P&O Cruises is to charter flights with Virgin Atlantic for Adonia’s winter 2017/18 Caribbean fly-cruise programme. Flights will be available from Manchester and London Heathrow with Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class seats available for the 14 and 28-night itineraries.
Sottish travellers can now book flights to international destinations including Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, and Dubai – thanks to closer cooperation between Virgin Atlantic and Flybe. From today customers will be able to book tickets to travel from Edinburgh and Aberdeen with Flybe, and connect onto Virgin Atlantic flights at London Heathrow.
Three of Gatwick’s major carriers will move terminals in January. British Airways will move to the South Terminal, Virgin Atlantic will move to the North Terminal, and easyJet, which currently operates out of both terminals, will consolidate its operation in the North Terminal.
Customers jetting off with Virgin Atlantic this week can expect a festive feast in the sky – as the airline prepares to serve 27,000 Christmas dinners at 38,000ft. Between December 24th-26th customers will be treated to a complimentary three course Christmas meal including turkey and all the trimmings.
Beginning May 2017, Virgin Atlantic will fly three times a day between London Heathrow and Los Angeles, creating greater choice of flights for customers during the peak summer travel season. All three services on this route will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft - Virgin Atlantic’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, offering three cabin classes, including fully flat bed and aisle access seats in Upper Class.
Virgin Atlantic will implement an upgrade of its IT systems over the weekend, designed to further improve the airline’s travel experience for its customers, providing them with more choice and better service. The upgrade will mean that, for a short window, customers will not be able to purchase flights or change any reservations on virginatlantic.com, the mobile app, via travel agents or through the airline’s customer service centre.
Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have announced expanded cooperation with Jet Airways to provide convenient codeshare connections for customers between key destinations across North America and India via London Heathrow. Effective tomorrow, Jet Airways customers flying between India and North America will be able to connect through London Heathrow on to nine US destinations operated by Delta.
Delta Air Lines will operate exclusively from London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3, effective September 14th, 2016. Delta and Virgin Atlantic will now operate from the same terminal making it easier for customers to manage their travel plans including any last-minute flight changes. Delta will transfer its Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia flights from Terminal 4 to join its services to New York-JFK, Boston and Seattle that already operate from Terminal 3.
UK-based Virgin Atlantic Airways has selected the A350-1000, the largest member of the A350 Family, to become the latest aircraft in its fleet, operating from both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The airline is purchasing eight A350-1000s for deliveries commencing in 2019, and four new aircraft on long term leases from ALC from 2020, including a lease option for a fifth aircraft.