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Little Red operations

Virgin Atlantic has announced its intention to cease its Little Red operation next year. Its three daily services between London Heathrow and Manchester will continue until 28 March 2015, while its flights between London Heathrow and Edinburgh and Aberdeen will continue throughout summer 2015 with the final flights on 26 September 2015.

Read more about the route closures

New Virgin Atlantic routes for summer 2015

We are delighted to announce that we will be operating two new direct services for UK holiday makers next summer - between Belfast and Orlando and Glasgow and Las Vegas.

The airline is expanding its existing Orlando and Las Vegas services to help meet high demand to two of its flagship leisure destinations for customers based in Northern Ireland and Scotland - and will be the only scheduled airline to fly these routes.

This is the first time Virgin Atlantic has launched a route from Belfast International Airport or operated out of Northern Ireland. A popular seasonal service exists from Glasgow to Orlando but this will be the first time Sir Richard Branson’s airline will fly directly from Scotland to Las Vegas.

Both of these routes will form part of Virgin Atlantic’s Joint Venture with Delta Air Lines, with the US carrier offering the service for sale under the codeshare agreement. Customers will be able to use Delta’s services out of each airport to connect onwards in the US, such as from Orlando to Dallas, Texas and from Las Vegas to Seattle.

A Boeing 747-400 aircraft will operate these seasonal services on a weekly basis, flying on Thursdays. The aircraft flying to both US destinations will be configured with 14 Upper Class seats, 66 Premium Economy seats and 375 seats in Economy.

Belfast to Orlando service

The Belfast to Orlando service will operate in June and July, with the first flight on 25 June 2015. Seats will be on sale on the Virgin Atlantic website from 25 July 2014.

Glasgow to Las Vegas service

The Glasgow to Las Vegas service will operate in September and October 2015, with the first flight on 10 September 2015. Seats will be on sale on the Virgin Atlantic website from mid-October 2014.

Important information for customers wishing to carry Personal Electronic Devices on board

To comply with new security requirements customers travelling to the USA and other unspecified destinations may be subject to additional searches and questions, as well as being asked to turn on the personal electronic or battery powered devices they wish to carry on board in their hand baggage, in order to demonstrate how they work.

To help avoid delays and disappointment please ensure you arrive at the boarding gate with all your devices including cameras, phones, tablets laptops, e readers, games consoles etc charged. As a precaution you may also want to keep your device chargers and adaptors in your hand baggage, just in case.

If, when requested, you are unable to turn your device on, it cannot be carried on board the aircraft.

Currently these additional security measures are not creating undue delays at airports however we appreciate our customers continued support and co-operation by ensuring their personal electronic devices are charged and ready to be turned on and inspected before they arrive at the boarding gate.

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Important announcement regarding advanced seat assignment

The way you choose your seat is changing…but not quite yet.

We recently let you know about a planned change in the process you’ll be able to use to select your preferred seats.

Naturally, we want to make sure the new seat selection process runs perfectly smoothly. Because of that, we’re pushing back the proposed launch date.

What this means is that for now, you can still select your preferred seat (except extra legroom and exit row seats) free of charge from 60 days before your flight.

We’ll be in touch with you again shortly with more detailed information on our plans and what these may mean for your booking/s, with plenty of notice.

Launch of our new mobile website

Virgin Atlantic is delighted to announce that it has launched a new mobile website.

Customers using their smart phones to access www.virgin-atlantic.com will automatically be directed to the new site where key features include a new Flight Status feature allowing customers to search arrivals or departures by route or flight number on the go, a clean and easy to navigate new home page which gives customers everything they need in one place, and lots of inspiring content about destinations and other essential information such as airports and baggage.

Mobile boarding passes

Mobile boarding passes arrive in the US and are now also available to multiple customers’ travelling together.

Since the launch of Mobile Boarding Passes for passengers travelling from Manchester back in September 2012, we’ve gone on to enable passengers travelling from Dubai, Tokyo, Johannesburg, and all flights from the UK (except Hong Kong/Sydney).

We are now pleased to announce the launch today of mobile boarding passes for all passengers travelling from the US*. Passengers can download their boarding pass to their mobile, to pass through all the touch points at the airport and in addition we’ve enabled the following enhancements:

  • Identify Virgin Atlantic Gold card holders and Delta Sky Miles Diamond, Platinum or Gold Medallion members by a Gold banner and Priority wording above the barcode to assist these elite passengers journey through the priority channels at the Airports where possible.
  • Identified the cabin of travel by the colour of the Mobile Boarding Pass
  • Ability for passengers travelling in groups or with family to download a mobile boarding pass.

*Except Los Angeles.

New strategic alliance with Delta Air Lines

We are delighted to announce a new strategic alliance with Delta Air Lines.

The new joint venture will create a further expanded trans-Atlantic network and enhance competition between the UK and North America, offering greater benefits for our customers on these routes.

Read our Partnership  page for more details and information.


Virgin Atlantic brings Passbook to mobile boarding cards

We're the first UK based airline, to make boarding cards available through Apple's* Passbook, streamlining the straight-to-seat experience via your iPhone or iPod touch.

Check-in online and have the option to send your boarding pass directly to your device, giving you a smoother airport experience, allowing you to by-pass the check-in kiosks and head straight to security, or via the bag drop if you're carrying luggage.

Your Virgin Atlantic Passbook boarding pass will be scanned as normal, giving you an enhanced paperless experience. Next stop, duty free!

All flights** departing the UK, which offer our traditional mobile boarding pass, will also offer the new Passbook service.

*Compatible on iPhones and iPod Touches, which have been upgraded to iOS 6.
** Excludes VS200 Heathrow to Hong Kong and Sydney