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Delta and Virgin Atlantic announce 2017 schedule to optimize network

Published: 01/06/2016 - Filed under: Home » News »

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Delta and Virgin Atlantic worked together to optimize their schedules and network for 2017 for the benefit of customers.  The partnership originally formed in 2014 continues to grow providing enhanced services and connections for travelers.

Delta will begin operating a new route between Portland, Oregon and London Heathrow on May 26, 2017.  The service will operate four times per week.  The carrier will also add a second Detroit to London service replacing the existing Virgin Atlantic daily service.  Finally Delta will add a third route from Atlanta to London Heathrow – a flight currently operated by Virgin today. 

Virgin Atlantic will take over Delta’s existing Seattle – London route on March 26, 2017.  In addition they will add a daily nonstop between JFK and Manchester on May 25, 2017 seasonally.  Delta will resume the service for the winter of 2017. 

Erik Varwijk, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Virgin Atlantic said:

We are delighted to further optimize our joint services between the U.K. and the U.S. Our most fuel efficient Boeing 787-9 aircraft will add additional capacity to the successful Seattle route, enabling more customers to enjoy the Virgin Atlantic experience on this brand new aircraft.  In Manchester, deploying our Airbus A330-300 aircraft on this route will allow us to further meet the growing demand from the Manchester market, now offering a total of six direct flights to the U.S. after the recently announced new services to Boston and San Francisco. The network changes highlight the strength and flexibility of our joint venture, allowing us to make smart decisions that ensure the right aircraft are on the right routes for our customers.

The streamlined route and larger planes will appeal to a lot of customers next year.

By Elizabeth Atkinson 

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