MIAMI — Delta and Virgin Atlantic have announced two new non-stop transatlantic service linking the United States and the United Kingdom with service from New York – JFK to Edinburgh and Salt Lake City to London Heathrow to start in May 2016.
“Delta and Virgin Atlantic are committed to offering an extensive network on the trans-Atlantic, and our new flights from London and Edinburgh will offer more connections to destinations throughout the U.S. and beyond” said Nat Pieper, Delta’s Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Salt Lake City currently has a service to Paris CDG and a seasonal flight to Amsterdam. For the first time, passengers from Salt Lake City will have a direct access to London. The route starting May 2 will use a Boeing 767-300ER airliner with a cabin configuration for 210 passengers.
Meanwhile, Daily nonstop service between New York-JFK and Edinburgh will begin on May 26, 2016 served by a 163-seat Boeing 757-200, joining Virgin Atlantic’s three-time weekly summer seasonal service from Glasgow to Orlando, and competing with American Airlines to JFK and United to Newark and Chicago.
The Department of Transportation gave to the Delta – Virgin joint venture anti-trust immunity, so by combining Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow slots and U.K. brand strength with Delta’s U.S. network, making this new service possible on the grounds of competition to the market and benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.