Delta customers on the U.S. West Coast will soon have increased access to London, following an announcement by joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic of plans to add a third daily flight between L.A. and London in May 2017.
The move reflects the joint venture's strong ambitions to listen to customers and provide the best service and experience possible across the Atlantic.
"Our joint venture continues to grow from strength to strength as we optimize our network, particularly across the West Coast of the United States where we see the demand growing among customers in the technology and entertainment industries," Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President – Sales, West Region. "Co-locating our facilities in Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 2 brings tangible benefits to our customers who can have peace of mind knowing that they'll have a seamless connection between flights across the pond with Virgin Atlantic, or within the U.S. through Delta."
All three services on this route will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft – Virgin Atlantic's most fuel-efficient aircraft, offering three cabin classes, including fully flat-bed and aisle access seats in Upper Class.
"We have been flying between L.A. and London for over 25 years, and this additional service will offer our customers even more choice in flight and connection times between these two fast-paced cities," said Erik Varwijk, Virgin Atlantic’s Executive Vice President – Commercial.
In 2017, the airlines' joint summer 2017 schedule includes a total of 40 peak daily nonstop flights between the U.S. and the U.K. Of these, 28 flights will operate between London-Heathrow and popular U.S. destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and D.C., and 14 flights will operate between Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, London-Gatwick and Edinburgh to popular U.S. cities.
The joint venture partnership between Virgin Atlantic and Delta continues to grow, allowing both airlines' customers to benefit from a high-quality and complementary travel experience with customer service being a key priority. In 2015, the partnership connected almost 400,000 customers to over 200 destinations in the U.S., on over 550 routes.