MIAMI — Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are transferring some of their direct flights to London Heathrow from Atlanta and Los Angeles this winter.
Starting October 26, Virgin will operate one of Delta’s three daily flights between Atlanta and Heathrow, whil Delta will now operate one of Virgin’s two daily Los Angeles/Heathrow services.
Virgin’s flight will depart London Heathrow for Atlanta at 0925, arriving at 1420. The return flight will depart at 1730, landing back in London at 0635 the following day (All times local). Virgin will operate a Airbus A330-300 on the route.
Delta’s flight, meanwhile, will depart London Heathrow at 1500, scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at 2031. The return flight will depart at 2121, and it will arrive in London at 1525 the following day. Delta will operate a Boeing 767-300ER on this route.
The airlines will codeshare one other’s services.
The two carriers received a go-ahead to begin a joint venture from the DOT last year, which began six months ago.
Recently, the airlines also co-located their Boston, New York, and Seattle routes into Virgin’s Terminal Three in London Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic’s CEO, Craig Kreeger, said: “It’s great to see how our partnership with Delta is already proving fruitful to our customers. In less than a year we will have co-located key business routes, delivered schedule changes to benefit our customers and provided enhanced experiences to our frequent fliers, who gain from reciprocal lounge access and the ability to earn and burn across both carriers.”
Kreeger also says that this is just the beginning.
Delta President Ed Bastian added: “From the outset we said that our partnership with Virgin Atlantic was about improving services while offering more destinations and schedule choice. Expanding access to London’s Heathrow Airport has long been at the top of Delta’s list of priorities, while Virgin Atlantic has long wanted greater access to North America.”
Additionally, Bastia said “Today’s announcement shows how we’re delivering this shared commitment to increase connectivity on the trans-Atlantic.”
Combined, the two airlines operate a total of 32 peak daily nonstop flights between North American and the United Kingdom, including 24 flights between London Heathrow and the U.S.