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We’re now back in our usual home at Zone A in Heathrow Terminal 3. Our work to install the new integrated baggage system has now been completed, making Check In and Bag Drop for all Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines flights much more convenient. We’d like to thank you for your patience during the work, and we look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.
We’re continuing to improve on our environmental impact, and the total carbon dioxide emissions from our aircrafts have fallen 4% since 2014. Our annual Change is in the Air Sustainability Report has been released, and we’ve reduced the energy output in our aircraft and buildings, as well as raising almost £900,000 for charities last year.
In our environment programme, we’ve cut the noise output of our aircraft and we’re more than one-third of the way to our 2020 target. We’ve also continued to cut the energy use at our UK buildings, which is down more than 25% since we started monitoring in 2008. We’ve even reduced our aircraft CO2 emissions by 15% since the baseline rate of 2007.
You can find out more about our initiatives that are helping us become a more efficient and responsible business here (opens in a new window).
We'd like to let you know that from 25 January 2017 all Virgin Atlantic departures and arrivals will move from the South Terminal to the North Terminal at London Gatwick.
This move is all part of Gatwick’s redevelopment plans and you'll still enjoy our superlative check-in service, which will be glamorously fitted out in a new area, along with a swish new Clubhouse and V-room so that you can indulge and relax before your flight.
We’re really excited about moving to our new Gatwick ‘home’ and look forward to welcoming you there in January 2017 and beyond.
We’re excited to announce that in April next year, we'll launch a new year-round service between London Gatwick and Varadero, one of Cuba’s most popular beach resort towns. And we’re also increasing services to Barbados, Florida and Las Vegas for summer 2017.
The new weekly year-round service from Gatwick to Varadero will start on 2 April 2017. Complementing our existing twice-weekly London Gatwick-Havana service, the new service will give you more opportunity to explore Cuba, as well as the added flexibility of being able to fly directly to the city or the beach.
We’re also increasing the number of services on some of our existing summer 2017 leisure routes to Barbados, Florida and Las Vegas by operating our fleet more efficiently. Enabling us to meet increased demand during peak season and offering you more choice.
Building on high demand, we’re doubling the number of flights between Belfast and Orlando during June and July, giving those in Northern Ireland more opportunities to escape to the Sunshine State. We’re adding extra services from Glasgow, Manchester and London Gatwick, too.
We're adding new flights as part of our Virgin Atlantic and Delta partnership all the time. And this summer, we're heading to the US Mountain West.
Delta launched a daily London Heathrow-Salt Lake City service from 24 April, creating the only direct service between London and this region. These new flights also offer one-stop connections to cities across the US and Canada, including Reno, Boise Idaho, Albuquerque and Idaho Falls. Opening up a whole range of adventures.
Delta also launched a daily non-stop flight between Edinburgh and New York-JFK on 27 May 2016, offering up to 60 convenient onward connections from the North of the UK to popular destinations including Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Virgin Atlantic are also extending our weekly seasonal Glasgow-Orlando summer service to the end of November 2016 and starting again from March 2017. And we're increasing our London Gatwick-Orlando frequency to offer up to 18 flights a week, with three extra services in late July and throughout August 2016.
Plus we're continuing our second seasonal weekly Manchester-Las Vegas service to end November 2016, which restarts, earlier than usual, in March 2017. And London Gatwick-Las Vegas will increase from seven to nine flights a week.
Offering travel options from more UK and European cities
We're pleased to announce we’re now offering more travel options from UK and European cities through a codeshare agreement with Europe’s leading regional airline, Flybe.
You’ll now be able to travel from more UK and European airports, including Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris and Exeter, and connect onto Virgin Atlantic flights from Manchester, Glasgow and London Gatwick to top business and leisure destinations.
The partnership offers numerous benefits, allowing seamless connections between flights and enabling you to check yourselves and your luggage all the way through to your final destination.
We’ve made some exciting new changes - you can now use your miles for upgrade rewards and companion reward tickets across three additional booking classes when purchasing a full adult published, corporate or net fare for Economy to Premium Economy and Economy to Upper Class. Booking classes now include: Y,B,R,L,U,M,E,Q and X*
If however, your preference is to upgrade from Premium Economy to our Upper Class cabin, or you’d like to save a seat for a friend or family member when using your miles to spend on a companion ticket, you’ll be glad to know that you can now use your miles across the following booking classes: W, S and H.
Alongside this, we’re also making some changes to the mileage levels you’ll need for upgrade rewards from 1st March 2016.
We will be increasing our mileage levels as follows:
Increase of 5,000 miles, Economy to Premium, one way
Increase of 10,000 miles, Premium to Upper, one way
Increase of 15,000 miles, Economy to Upper, one way
You can still upgrade at the current mileage level until 29 February 2016, to find out more click here.
*Group bookings are excluded.
Good news! We're extending our 300% cabin bonus offer until December 2016. This means that when you travel Upper Class in booking classes J, C and D, you'll earn 300% of the base flown miles instead of the usual 200%. All you need to do is sit back and relax, whilst the new bonus level is automatically added to your Flying Club account.