Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have outlined details of a new joint venture flight schedule beginning next summer, aligning their services and offering more flight choices for travellers on both sides of the Atlantic.
The airlines are putting the customer at the forefront of their partnership with the new schedule that starts March 30, 2014, combining their slots at Heathrow to offer maximum customer convenience, particularly for business travellers.
Beginning, April 2, 2014, Delta will move its arrival and departure terminal for several important business markets to join Virgin Atlantic in Heathrow Terminal 3. This includes its London to New York-JFK, London to Boston, and new London to Seattle services and means the two airlines will co-locate on all New York and Boston flights to Heathrow. The move will allow for convenient connections for customers flying with Virgin and Delta, including access to Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse for all Business Class passengers.
Delta, in co-operation with Virgin Atlantic, will also operate a second daily service between Heathrow and Detroit Metropolitan Airport from June 2. The service will be particularly appealing to corporate customers needing an early morning arrival into London while offering more schedule choice for customers between London and the US Midwest.
The additional flight will complement Delta’s previously announced new West Coast route between Seattle and Heathrow, which will launch on March 30.
Virgin Atlantic is also making significant schedule changes. It is moving its VS1 Heathrow to Newark service from a late afternoon departure to a morning departure. This flight will be particularly attractive to business travellers, allowing ‘same-day meetings’ to be held in the New Jersey area, while an earlier departure on the return flight means passengers can be in central London for the start of the working day.The service is part of nine daily flights between Heathrow and the New York area by the joint venture partners.
The carrier has also retimed its Heathrow to Boston service to depart two hours later in the afternoon, offering more flexibility for the two airlines’ customers with Delta’s Heathrow to Boston service departing in the morning. Virgin Atlantic’s evening departure from Boston will also move two hours later, giving greater schedule choice to travellers.