Delta to Begin Operating Virgin Atlantic London-Los Angeles Flight This Fall



Beginning October 26, 2014, Delta will operate one of two daily Heathrow-Los Angeles flights currently operated by Virgin Atlantic. This new Delta service will mark the airline’s first nonstop flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow and is Delta’s seventh nonstop destination between London and the United States.

Virgin Atlantic will begin operating one of Delta’s three daily flights between Heathrow and Atlanta. The new services will expand the award-winning service offered by both carriers to customers as well as provide greater choice for travel between the U.K. and North America. The two airlines will codeshare on each other’s operated services, allowing Delta and Virgin customers seamless access to the expanded network.

“It’s great to see how our partnership with Delta is already proving fruitful to our customers,” said Craig Kreeger, Virgin Atlantic CEO. “In less than a year we will have co-located key business routes, delivered schedule changes to benefit our customers and provided enhanced experiences to our frequent fliers, who gain from reciprocal lounge access and the ability to earn and burn across both carriers. This is just the beginning of demonstrating how a true joint venture between airlines should be operated to benefit customers.”

The announcement also shows how the partnership, which launched this past January, is increasing the network of each carrier. Virgin Atlantic will have access to Delta’s Atlanta hub, the busiest airport in the world, for the first time.

The airline will offer more than 100 additional international and domestic connections to its customers.

Delta Air Lines, www.delta.com