Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have announced that their transatlantic joint-venture partnership will add six new transatlantic services between the U.S. and the UK for the summer 2015 season.
The new services include a seasonal, second daily Virgin Atlantic Airways round-trip between London Heathrow Airport and Los Angeles, as well as a five-times-weekly Virgin Atlantic second round trip between London Heathrow and San Francisco.
Also to be introduced this summer will be a new daily Delta service between Philadelphia and London Heathrow, starting on April 26; and a new daily Delta service between New York JFK and Manchester, which will begin on May 21.
Launching this weekend is a seasonal, second-daily Virgin Atlantic service between Atlanta and London Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic will also launch a new daily service between London Heathrow and Detroit on June 1.
Additionally, Virgin Atlantic is resuming flights from London Gatwick Airport to the Caribbean island of Tobago on Sunday, March 29. The carrier will operate a weekly service during the summer and a twice-weekly service in the winter.
Virgin Atlantic will also operate summer-season services linking Orlando with Belfast in June and July, and Las Vegas with Glasgow in September and October.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic begin their summer schedule this weekend and will offer up to 39 return transatlantic flights a day between the UK and 15 destinations throughout North America.
Their joint schedule now includes 10 daily flights between New York and London Heathrow, including eight daily departures from New York JFK (among them a series of regularly timed departures during the New York JFK evening peak period, starting at 6.30 p.m. EDT) and two departures from Newark.
Combined with the Delta service launched in October 2014, Virgin Atlantic’s new summer-2015 London Heathrow-Los Angeles round-trip will mean the joint venture will be offering three daily flights from Los Angeles to London.
As a result of their joint venture’s third daily flight on the route, the two carriers expect to carry nearly 400,000 passengers annually on the Los Angeles-London route.
This summer, Delta’s flights from London Heathrow to Boston, Los Angeles and New York will operate from Heathrow’s Terminal 3 alongside all Virgin Atlantic services. Delta flights between Heathrow and Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St Paul, Philadelphia and Seattle will operate from Terminal 4.
In aligning their transatlantic schedules through their transatlantic joint venture, Delta and Virgin Atlantic have agreed a partial switch of operations on some U.S.-UK routes.
This transfer of operations begins this weekend with Delta flying one of the Newark-London Heathrow services previously operated by Virgin Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic will take over Delta’s Atlanta-Manchester service.
On the Newark-Heathrow route, the partners’ summer 2015 schedule will see Delta’s flight DL68 depart Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA code EWR) at 7:00 p.m. daily and arrive at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 7:30 a.m. the following morning, local time. In the other direction, flight DL69 will push back from the gate at LHR at 9:05 a.m. and reach EWR at 12:31 p.m. local time.
Delta’s new Philadelphia-London Heathrow service will see flight DL194 leaving Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) daily at 7:04 p.m. and landing at LHR at 7:30 a,m, the next morning, local time. Its return flight, DL195, will vacate its gate at LHR at 12:30 p.m. and touch down at PHL at 4:00 p.m. local time.
Virgin Atlantic’s second daily London Heathrow-Los Angeles flight, VS23, will depart LHR at 3:45 p.m. and will land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 7:15 p.m. local time. In the other direction, flight VS24 will begin taxiing at LAX at 10:20 p.m., in order to arrive at LHR at 4:50 p.m. the next day, local time.
The UK carrier’s five-times-weekly, second Heathrow-San Francisco flight VS41 is timed to leave LHR at 3:15 p.m. and touch down at San Francisco International Airport at 6:15 p.m. local time. The return flight, VS42, is scheduled to push back from its gate at SFO at 9: 45 p.m. and get to LHR at 4:00 p.m. the following day, local time.
Virgin Atlantic’s new London Heathrow-Detroit service will see flight VS107 depart LHR daily at 10.10 a.m. and reach Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) at 1:15 p.m. local time. In the other direction, flight VS108 is timed to vacate its gate at DTW at 5.50 p.m. daily and land at LHR at 6:25 a.m. the following morning, local time.
On the Manchester-Atlanta route, Virgin Atlantic’s flight VS109 is scheduled to leave Manchester Airport (MAN) at 10.35 a.m. and arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 2:45 p.m. local time. Its return flight, VS110, will push back from its gate at ATL at 7:10 p.m. and get to MAN at 8:20 a.m. the following morning, local time.
A new Virgin Atlantic flight on the London Heathrow-New York JFK route, VS111, is timed to begin taxiing at LHR at 12.30 p.m. and arrive at New York JFK (JFK) at 3:25 p.m. local time. In the other direction, flight VS112 is scheduled to leave JFK at 8:00 p.m. and touch down at LHR at 8:00 a.m. the following morning, local time.
The schedule for Virgin Atlantic’s new seasonal, second daily London Heathrow-Atlanta flight calls for flight VS115 to vacate its gate at LHR daily at 11:35 a.m. and touch down at ATL at 4:05 p.m. local time. The return flight, VS116, will depart ATL at 8:40 p.m. daily and reach LHR at 10:00 a.m. the following morning, local time.
Since the Delta-Virgin Atlantic transatlantic joint venture began operations, more than five million people have traveled on its services and some 10,000 people per month connected between the two airlines last year, according to the two carriers.
Delta and Virgin say their summer 2015 joint-venture schedule offers connecting itineraries to 215 destinations.