Virgin Atlantic Announce Limited Heathrow – Bridgetown Series.

Virgin Atlantic today announced that it will run a twice weekly London Heathrow – Bridgetown A330-300 service to operate between 12th December 2017 and 24th February 2018. Schedules are as follows:

VA131 London Heathrow 1315 – Bridgetown 1755 Tuesdays and Saturdays
VA132 Bridgetown 2015 – London Heathrow 0755+1 Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The flights are part sold to a cruise company.

Virgin Atlantic Announce Varadero Service.

Virgin Atlantic today announced a weekly London Gatwick – Varadero, Cuba Boeing 747-400 service to commence on 2nd April 2017. Schedules are as follows:

VS119 London Gatwick 1215 – Varadero 1710 Sundays
VS120 Varadero 1955 – London Gatwick 1025+1 Sundays.

Virgin Atlantic Announce Manchester – New York JFK Service.

Virgin Atlantic today announced a daily Manchester – New York JFK A330-300 service to commence on 25th May 2017. Schedules are as follows:

VS127 Manchester 1045 – New York JFK 1335
VS128 New York JFK 1930 – Manchester 0715+1.

Virgin Atlantic Announce Seattle Service.

Virgin Atlantic today announced a daily London Heathrow – Seattle Boeing 787-9 service to commence on 1st May 2017. Schedules are as follows:

VS105 London Heathrow 1100 – Seattle 1320
VS106 Seattle 1910 – London Heathrow 1300+1.

 

Virgin Atlantic Unveil Manchester – Boston Schedule.

Virgin Atlantic today loaded into GDS systems the schedules for a twice weekly Manchester – Boston A330-300 service to commence on 29th March 2017. Schedules are as follows:

VS121 Manchester 1520 – Boston 1750 Wednesdays, Saturdays
VS122 Boston 2005 – Manchester 0740+1 Wednesdays, Saturdays.

 

Virgin Atlantic Unveil Manchester – San Francisco Schedule.

Virgin Atlantic today loaded into GDS systems the schedules for a 3 x weekly Manchester – San Francisco A330-300 service to commence on 28th March 2017. Schedules are as follows:

VS125 Manchester 1120 – San Francisco 1440 Sundays
VS126 San Francisco 1705 – Manchester 1140+1 Sundays

VS125 Manchester 1155 – San Francisco 1515 Tuesdays, Fridays
VS126 San Francisco 1730 – Manchester 1205+1 Tuesdays, Fridays.

Virgin Atlantic Announce Second Daily San Francisco Rotation.

Virgin Atlantic today announced  a second daily London Heathrow – San Francisco rotation to commence on 25th October 2015. The Boeing 787-9 service will operate to the following schedule:

VS41 London Heathrow 1515 – San Francisco 1815
VS42 San Francisco 2145 – London Heathrow 1600+1.

Virgin Atlantic Announce Second Daily Atlanta Rotation.

Virgin Atlantic today announced a second daily A330-300 London Heathrow – Atlanta rotation to commence on 29th March 2015. Schedules are as follows:

VS115 London Heathrow 1135 – Atlanta 1600
VS116 Atlanta 2030 – London Heathrow 0950+1.

Virgin Atlantic Axe Little Red.

To the surprise of nobody, Virgin Atlantic today announced that it will cease its Aer Lingus operated Little Red UK Domestic operations next year. The London Heathrow – Manchester route will cease after 28th March 2015 and the London Heathrow – Aberdeen and London Heathrow – Edinburgh routes will cease after 26th September 2015.

The London Heathrow slots for the Manchester service belong to Virgin Atlantic and can be re-allocated as Virgin Atlantic wish. The London Heathrow slots for the Aberdeen and Edinburgh services were remedy slots relating to British Airways takeover of bmi and will revert to British Airways.

Virgin Atlantic Announce B787-9 for Delhi.

Virgin Atlantic today announced that the VS300/VS301 London Heathrow – Delhi rotation will switch from A330-200 to Boeing 787-9 operation from 29th March 2015.

Virgin Atlantic Announce 5th Daily JFK Schedule.

Virgin Atlantic today announced the schedules for its 5th daily London Heathrow – New York JFK service, which will be operated by A330-300s from 29th March 2015 to the following schedule:

VS111 London Heathrow 1230 – New York JFK 1510
VS112 New York JFK 2035 – London Heathrow 0815+1.

Schedules for the daily Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow – Detroit A330-300 service, to commence on 1st June 2015 have been released and are as follows:

VS107 London Heathrow 0930 – Detroit 1235
VS108 Detroit 1925 – London Heathrow 0705+1.

Virgin Atlantic Manchester – Atlanta Schedules Released.

Schedules for the daily Virgin Atlantic Manchester – Atlanta A330-300 service, to commence on 29th March 2015 have been released and are as follows:

VA109 Manchester 1100 – Atlanta 1500
VA110 Atlanta 1905 – Manchester 0830+1.

Virgin Atlantic Routes Revolution.

As part of its association with Delta Virgin Atlantic today announced the following route amendments:

London Heathrow – Vancouver will end for the Northern Summer season on 14th October 2014 and will not return.

London Heathrow – Mumbai will be discontinued after 1st February 2015.

London Heathrow – Tokyo Narita will be discontinued after 1st February 2015.

London Heathrow – Cape Town will end for the Northern Winter season on 27th April 2015 and will not return.

Virgin Atlantic will be replaced by Delta on one daily London Heathrow – Newark rotation.

Virgin Atlantic will replace Delta on one daily Manchester – Atlanta rotation.

In their place Virgin Atlantic will launch services on the London Heathrow – Detroit and Manchester – New York JFK routes and increase frequencies on the London Heathrow – Los Angeles and London Heathrow – New York JFK routes. The airline will also add a additional London Heathrow – Atlanta service during the Northern Summer, an additional London Heathrow – Miami service during the Northern Winter and an additional 5 x weekly London Heathrow – San Francisco rotation during the Northern Summer.

Virgin Atlantic Announce B787-9 First Route and Configuration.

Virgin Atlantic celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its inaugural service today by announcing that it will introduce the B787-9 Dreamliner into service on the London Heathrow – Boston route from 28th October 2014. The new aircraft will be configured 31J/35W/198Y.

Virgin Atlantic and Delta in Routes Swap.

As part of the Virgin Atlantic/Delta trans-Atlantic joint venture from October 26th Virgin Atlantic will reduce service on the London Heathrow – Los Angeles route to a single daily rotation with Delta adding a B767-300ER service on  the r0ute. From the same date Delta will reduced its London Heathrow – Atlanta service from 3 x daily to 2 x daily with Virgin Atlantic adding a new A330-300 service to the following schedule:

VS103 London Heathrow 0925 – Atlanta 1420

VS104 Atlanta 1730 – London Heathrow 0635+1.

Virgin Atlantic Drops Sydney Service.

Virgin Atlantic today ann0unced that it will drop its VS200/VS201 London Heathrow – Hong Kong – Sydney service with effect from 3rd May 2014, with the last departure from Sydney on 5th May 2014. The flight will subsequently become a London Heathrow – Hong Kong rotation.

Japan Awards UK 14 Weekly Daytime Tokyo Haneda Slots.

It was today announced that Japan has made 14 x weekly daytime slots available at Tokyo Haneda for UK airlines from the beginning of the Summer 2014 timetable. It therefore seems likely that the long standing Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow – Tokyo Narita service will switch to Tokyo Haneda.

Virgin Atlantic Axes Accra.

Virgin Atlantic today announced that it is to end its five times weekly London Heathrow – Accra VS657/VS658 service with the final rotation operating outbound from London on 20th September 2013.

Aer Lingus Wet Lease Confirmed for Virgin Atlantic UK Operations.

It has been confirmed today that Aer Lingus will provide a wet lease to Virgin Atlantic for the 3 x Daily Manchester, 3 x Daily Aberdeen and 6 x Daily Edinburgh services to be launched from London Heathrow next March and April. Staff are expected to be transferred from Aer Lingus’ current London Gatwick operation. There will be dedicated aircraft for the services which will be painted in Virgin Atlantic livery.

Virgin Atlantic Wins BA/bmi Merger Slots.

Virgin Atlantic has secured all twelve of the London Heathrow slots available following the British Airways takeover of bmi . The airline intends to use these to launch services from London Heathrow to Edinburgh and Aberdeen from 31st March 2013 using leased A319 and A320 aircraft. Schedules are expected to be released within 14 days.

Nyet to Virgin Atlantic Moscow Service.

The 14 weekly former bmi London – Moscow traffic rights were today awarded to easyJet for a new London Gatwick – Moscow service. Virgin Atlantic had applied for the rights to operate 14 weekly London Heathrow – Moscow Domodedovo Airbus A330-300 services.

Tokyo Airport Change in 2014.

Virgin Atlantic today indicated that from the Summer 2014 timetable they will switch their London Heathrow – Tokyo Narita service to Tokyo Haneda. A new Air Services Agreement signed between the UK and Japanese governments will make slots at Haneda available during the daytime for services to the UK.

Virgin Atlantic to Commence Manchester – London Service.

Virgin Atlantic has confirmed its intention to commence a three times daily London Heathrow – Manchester service from March 2013. The service will be operated by a leased Airbus A319 which has already been sourced. Slots at London Heathrow will come from Virgin Atlantic’s existing portfolio. At London Heathrow flights will operate to and from Terminal 1 The schedule is as follows: (more…)

A330-300 Summer 2013 Expansion.

Virgin Atlantic today uploaded GDS systems with additional Three Class Airbus A330-300 flights to commence with the Summer 2013 timetable on 31st March.

The VS21/VS22 London Heathrow – Washington service will see daily A330-300 operation whilst the VS657/VS658 London Heathrow – Accra service will see A330-300 operation five times weekly.

Virgin Atlantic to Drop Nairobi.

Virgin Atlantic today removed its VS671/VS672 Airbus A340-300 London Heathrow – Nairobi service from GDS systems after September 23rd 2012. The service commenced on 1st June 2007.

Virgin Atlantic to Resume 4th Daily New York JFK Service.

Virgin Atlantic today announced that from October 28th 2012 it will resume its fourth daily London Heathrow – New York JFK service.

The VS25/VS26 rotation will operate as an evening service from London Heathrow and a daytime service from New York JFK.

Timings are:

VS25 London Heathrow 1925 – New York JFK 2240

VS26 New York JFK 0745 – London Heathrow 1945.

Mumbai to Resume

Virgin Atlantic today announced the resumption of services on the London Heathrow – Mumbai route. The resumed service will commence on 28 October 2012 and operate daily with the following schedule:

VS354 London Heathrow 1015 – Mumbai 0015+1
VS355 Mumbai 0310 – London Heathrow 0755

Flights will operate with Three Class Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Accra Increase

Virgin Atlantic today announced an increase in frequency on the London Heathrow – Accra route which will increase from three to five services a week from 25th March 2012. The new services will operate under the existing VS657/VS658 flight numbers and will depart London Heathrow on Mondays and Tuesday. All flights are operated by Airbus A340-300s.

Winter 2012 Timetable Changes.

With Airbus A340-600s G-VSHY, G-VOGE, G-VMEG and G-VFOX leaving the fleet prior to the commencement of the Winter 2012 timetable on October 28 the following operational changes will occur from that date:

VS1/VS2 London Heathrow – Newark becomes a Boeing 747-400 service.

VS3/VS4 London Heathrow – New York JFK becomes an Airbus A340-300 service.

VS9/VS10 London Heathrow – New York JFK becomes an Airbus A340-300 service.

VS11/VS12 London Heathrow – Boston becomes exclusively an Airbus A340-300 route.

VS23/VS24 London Heathrow – Los Angeles switches from Airbus A340-600 to Airbus A340-300 effective 16 December.

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