The new service will commence on 28th October and will complement the airline’s existing flight schedule between the two cities, allowing Virgin Atlantic to build upon its strong performance on this key route.
“New York has always been important to Virgin Atlantic – it’s where it all started with our first flight from London to Newark in 1984, and last year we carried more than half a million passengers between Heathrow and JFK .” said Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic.
The extra service comes during a period of investment in product developments for Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class passengers. In the last six months the airline has unveiled a new Upper Class Suite – operating initially on its morning service to New York – a multi-million pound Clubhouse at JFK airport, an enhanced fine dining meal service, and a Grey Goose Loft at its Heathrow Clubhouse.
“We have managed to grow our customer numbers across the Atlantic in the face of increased capacity and bigger airline alliances.” Ridgway said. “We are confident that this additional service, combined with our recent product enhancements, will enable us to continue to increase our market share into New York as we offer our award winning product and service to even more customers.”
The new route, serviced by an Airbus and operating with flight numbers VS025 and VS026, means there will be a combination of morning and evening flights from both major New York airports, giving passengers a convenient and flexible proposition for travel to the city and providing greater connection choices than ever before.
The westbound service will depart daily from London Heathrow Terminal 3 at 7pm arriving into New York at shortly after 10pm local time. The return service will complement the airline’s existing overnight flights into Heathrow, leaving New York JFK Terminal 4 at 8am and arriving back into London at 8pm local time.
The schedule of the new service will give connecting passengers greater flexibility, with timings to give a seamless connection onto other Virgin Atlantic routes including Delhi, Dubai, and many of its African destinations.