Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have revealed their first joint summer schedule since finalising their joint venture.
The new summer 2014 schedule includes improved connections between the two carriers’ services, which have combined their slots at Heathrow to predominantly help those travelling for business.
In addition Delta’s most important business routes will join Virgin Atlantic in Heathrow’s Termainal 3 from 2 April 2014. These include its London routes to New York-JFK, Boston and Seattle, with Virgin Atlantic’s Boston flight now leaving two hours later in the afternoon to complement Delta’s earlier service.
Together the carriers will offer nine daily flights from Heathrow to New York (both JFK and Newark), with Virgin Atlantic shifting its Newark service to a morning departure.
The two carriers will also launch a second daily service between Heathrow and Detroit from 2 June.
“We are working on a series of improvements to enhance the travel experience for our customers,” said Craig Kreeger, Virgin Atlantic’s CEO. “We already co-locate together at New York’s JFK airport and moving some of Delta’s key business flights to join Virgin Atlantic at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 will enhance convenience, and reduce connection times. This demonstrates how our new partnership is going to be making a real difference for customers.”
Ed Bastian, president of Delta added: “A key reason for our joint venture was to offer customers more choice and convenient schedules, especially for our business travellers. With our Seattle service, Delta will add its sixth nonstop destination between London and the United States. Combined the Delta-Virgin partnership now offers our customers 33 daily nonstop flights across the Atlantic.”
The joint venture between the two was confirmed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in September.