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Virgin Atlantic and IndiGo Launch New Codeshare Partnership

Virgin Atlantic and IndiGo have launched a new codeshare partnership which will provide enhanced seamless connectivity between the UK and India. Virgin Atlantic customers can fly from London Heathrow to Delhi or Mumbai and connect to seven domestic destinations.

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 - Courtesy Airbus

On Wednesday (August 31, 2022), Virgin Atlantic announced the launch of a new codeshare partnership with IndiGo which will provide enhanced seamless connectivity between the UK and India. Under the agreement, Virgin Atlantic customers can now book tickets from London Heathrow to Delhi or Mumbai and enjoy connectivity to and from seven domestic destinations in India, increasing to 16 cities later this year. Additionally, IndiGo customers will enjoy enhanced connectivity with Virgin Atlantic via Heathrow to the carrier’s extensive U.S. network. The initial codeshare destinations in India include Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Delhi and Mumbai, while future destinations will include Kochi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Nagpur, Vadodara, Indore and Visakhapatnam. Codeshare flights are available for booking this week for travel from September 27, 2022.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Jarvinen, said,

“We’re thrilled to launch a new codeshare partnership with IndiGo. This summer marks our largest ever flying programme from India with three daily direct services to London and our new partnership takes our commitment to even greater heights. IndiGo is India’s largest airline and its extensive network will offer Virgin Atlantic customers even more choice when travelling between the UK and India, as well as offering seamless connections for the onward travel across our extensive US route network.

“It’s great news for our Flying Club too, by providing more opportunities for members to earn valuable points. This new partnership aims to respond to the large, fast-growing demand for visiting friends & relatives, leisure as well as business travellers looking for more choice between UK and India.”

Also commenting on the new codeshare agreement, IndiGo’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ronojoy Dutta, added,

“We are pleased to announce our codeshare with Virgin Atlantic to provide enhanced connectivity to the passengers. This will not only help offer a seamless travel experience from London to as many as 16 destinations in India, but also open up international trade opportunities throughout the country via enhanced accessibility. We look forward to having Virgin Atlantic’s customers on our lean clean flying machine, as we extend our on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free travel experience.”

Virgin Atlantic's New Codeshare destinations With IndiGo - Courtesy Virgin Atlantic

Founded in 2006, IndiGo has grown into India’s largest airlines, and one of the fastest growing LCCs in the world. The carrier’s operates with a simple philosophy of providing low fares and courteous, hygienic, on-time and hassle-free service. IndiGo operates a fleet of over 280 aircraft and offers over 1,600 daily flights to 74 domestic and 25 international destinations.

Founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has brought innovation and the highest level of customer care to the airline industry. The carrier was voted Britain’s only Global Five Star Airline by APEX in 2021 for the fifth consecutive year. Headquartered in London, Virgin Atlantic employs 6,500 team members worldwide. The airline currently serves 27 destinations across four continents. Alongside shareholder and Joint Venture partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic operates a leading network between the US and UK, with onward connections to over 200 cities around the world. By the end of 2022, Virgin Atlantic will operate an efficient and simplified fleet of 38 twin-engine aircraft, delivering a 10 percent savings compared to the aircraft they replace.

Source: Virgin Atlantic


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