In an effort to increase options for clients during the big summer travel season, Virgin Atlantic will be flying three times daily from Heathrow airport in London to Los Angeles’ LAX. This new initiative will roll out in the spring of 2017.
All three flight routes will be taking place on the airline’s most fuel-efficient craft, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Flights will offer three classes of cabins, which will include a full flat bed and access via the aisles to Upper Class seating.
In partnership with Delta Air Lines, the two companies will continue to co-locate operations via main gateways, which, along with London’s Heathrow, will include: Orlando, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, and Cancun.
As of May 2017, both air carriers will be located together at LAX, in Terminal 2, which will create a streamline process for clients making flight connections and traveling to more than 20 Delta destination locations, which will include Hawaii, Mexico, along with other spots within the United States of America.
Breaking Travel News reported that this Delta/Virgin Atlantic co-location at L.A.’s airport is one element of a larger plan for Delta, costing $1.9 billion, with a goal to upgrade, modernize, and connect the LAX airport’s Terminals 2 and 3; which will take place over the next seven years – connecting said terminals to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Executive Vice President of Virgin Atlantic, Erik Varwijk commented on the venture stating the company has been flying between London and L.A. for over a quarter of a century now and these additional services will provide their clients more choices as it relates to connection times and flights. He adds that all three of these daily flights on the route will be operated by the company’s new Boeing 787-9 aircraft; which will give their clients the best Virgin Atlantic experience. Wi-Fi power will be offered on each seat of the plane. He also notes that this heightened connectivity, as one factor of their partnership with Delta, will give them the ability to provide clients the best flying experience as they venture between L.A. and London