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With our partner Delta Air Lines®, we're delighted to be starting our summer schedule. It now offers up to 39 return flights a day between the UK and 15 destinations across North America. And it’s making for a jam-packed summer of news, so here goes…
More choice to New York
Our joint schedule with Delta means we can tailor our service to meet demand better. The schedule includes ten daily flights between London Heathrow and New York: eight to New York-JFK and two to Newark. When you’re flying from JFK and London Heathrow, you’ll benefit from a ‘memory’ schedule of regular evening departures. So you can be flexible if meetings run over or you’d like to head to the UK early. In addition, Delta is also now flying between Manchester and New York JFK.
Meanwhile we're taking over Delta’s Manchester to Atlanta service, offering even more seats on this popular route.
Another flight and an LA Clubhouse
We’re also launching a second daily service between Heathrow and Los Angeles to meet demand. Together with Delta, it means we'll be offering three daily flights between London and the City of Angels, carrying close to 400,000 passengers a year on the route. It’s also the perfect time to fly from LA, as we’ve also just opened a fantastic California-inspired Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX.
Second daily services added
We’ve already launched our second daily summer service between Heathrow and Atlanta. And the second service between Heathrow and San Francisco we’re currently operating five days a week over the summer is also due to become a year round, daily service in October. October is also the month we’re launching our second daily service to Miami.
Delta flies to Philly
We’re also really excited to announce that Delta have launched a new nonstop, daily service from London Heathrow to Philadelphia as part of our partnership. It’ll be Delta’s ninth destination to the US from Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic, direct to Detroit
With a daily service from London Heathrow, Virgin Atlantic is now the only British airline to fly direct to Detroit. A fascinating, energetic city in its own right, Detroit is also perfect for connecting onto Delta’s services to a huge range of other US cities including New Orleans, St Louis, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Nashville.
More choice from closer to home
To make it easier for our customers to jet off from where they’re based, we’re offering special seasonal services this year from airports outside the south east. There’s Belfast to Orlando in June and July and Glasgow to Las Vegas in September and October.
Back to Tobago
We’ve also starting flying to the southern Caribbean island of Tobago again. We now offer weekly departures between March and October, and twice weekly departures the rest of the year. So you fly direct to St Lucia, then continue to Tobago after a short stop.
Our 2015 Sustainability Report has been released and reveals a 12% decrease in our greenhouse gas emissions since 2007, showing increased profitability and reduced environmental impact can go hand in hand. The report covers progress against our eight environment and community investment work streams. As well as updating on progress against our targets, it highlights some of the great initiatives are people are working on across the business. It also reports on the £1.4 million distributed by the Virgin Atlantic Foundation in 2014 and fantastic work with Free The Children.
Read more in the report here (opens in a new window).
What a view. Our Los Angeles Clubhouse is now open.
Exciting news. We’ve just opened a brand new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 2.
After 18 months of planning and development, we now have the perfect space for customers to relax, take in the views and indulge in delicious food and drink before they fly, welcomed by our new Clubhouse Manager Tiina Sauri.
Our new Clubhouse puts a distinctly Southern Californian spin on the warmth and individuality Virgin Atlantic is known for. Just like our award winning JFK and Newark Clubhouses, New York-based Slade Architecture (sladearch.com) designed it in collaboration with our in house design team.
The LA Clubhouse reflects the city’s warm sunsets, laid back lifestyle, mountain backdrops, flowing surf and sculpted surfaces. From the reception area, the calm, cleansing environment envelops you, sheltering you from airport bustle. Then you get a peek of the lounge area as the sculpted Corian®* and copper ‘flow wall’ guides you intuitively inside.
This flow wall then creates a diagonal backdrop to continuous views of aircraft, runways, the iconic LAX Theme Building, Hollywood hills, Hollywood sign and mountains beyond.
We’ve commissioned unique art pieces to anchor two ends of the triangular lounge space. In the east corner, digital media artist Diana Reichenbach has created a beautiful immersive media installation, then in the northern area you’ll find a hand drawn wall by British artist, Vic Lee. “My work is a mix of typography, passion, charm and beautification. I call it wall tattoos. Bespoke expressions to illuminate and elevate, smile and lose yourself in.”
The design in detail
The flow wall also defines the lounge areas, furnished to offer our customers different seating and socialising options:
· Rear Window is what we call the north glass-lined corner, where you’ll find custom-designed sculpted couches: relaxed seating with a view.
· At Eat Drink Man Woman, the flow wall forms the copper lined bar, which features natural Californian produce and the iconic Virgin Atlantic bar service. Seating here ranges from classic Walter Knoll Turtle chairs to a surfboard-inspired counter, sculpted from layers of bamboo.
· At the apex of the space, bamboo-lined walls and ceilings with leather banquets frame the Diana Reichenbach installation, forming a warm, intimate getaway. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a delicious, fresh, California-inspired meal, created with Hinoki & the Bird, one of LA’s most innovative restaurants.
We're so excited to have opened our Clubhouse doors and look forward to welcoming passengers into our new space.
The very first Virgin Hotel in Chicago was designed to create a sweeping sense of innovation, style and home. Guided by Virgin’s culture of fairness and personalized treatment, this is more than a lifestyle hotel – it’s an entirely new way to stay over.
We are pleased to annouce our newest partner, Rocketmiles, a hotel booking website and app that awards 500 to 5,000 Flying Club miles per night, for stays at thousands of properties worldwide. And as a welcome offer, you'll receive 3,000 bonus miles on your first booking with Rocketmiles.