Mar 21, 2013
LONDON, 21 March 2013 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE;DAL) will significantly grow its presence at London’s Heathrow Airport when its partnership with Virgin Atlantic comes into force later this year. Heathrow is the world’s top business destination: of the top 10 transatlantic corporate markets, 8 of them are to London Heathrow. Delta and Virgin expect to jointly offer 21 daily flights from London Heathrow to the U.S. by the end of 2013.
Ed Bastian, Delta’s president said: “London Heathrow is the most important access point for corporate travellers and that was driving force behind our decision to invest in Virgin Atlantic,” He added, “Given the constraints on growth at Heathrow, our partnership with Virgin will enable us to expand our presence at this airport and level the field a little with our competitors, while offering customers even more in terms of choice and benefits.”
Effective 31 March, Delta will launch a third daily service between Heathrow and Atlanta for a total of nine daily nonstop flights to five U.S. cities: New York-JFK, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St Paul and Boston. Customers will benefit from almost 30,000 weekly seats offered on Delta flights between Heathrow and the United States this summer.
In addition, Delta has been making a number of significant investments in products and services for customers flying from Heathrow, including:
Opening a new $1.4billion Terminal 4 at New York’s JFK Airport in May this year, to significantly improve the customer experience for JFK- Heathrow arrivals and departures.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.
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