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Virgin Atlantic Reinstates Full U.S. Route Network and Increases Capacity

Virgin Atlantic will restore service to Seattle and Washington, D.C., completing their full roster of U.S. destinations. The carrier is also offering more flights from the UK to Los Angeles and Orlando than any other airline, and adding capacity to New York, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

On Thursday (February 24, 2022), Virgin Atlantic announced the complete restoration of their U.S. network with the resumption of flights to Seattle and Washington, D.C. starting next week. From April, the carrier will also offer more flights from the UK to Los Angeles and Orlando than any other carrier and will increase capacity to New York, San Francisco and Atlanta. Virgin Atlantic will operate service to Orlando from their four UK gateways including London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. Seattle flights will operate five times per week from London Heathrow starting March 2nd with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, while the carrier will offer five weekly flights to Washington, D.C. with an Airbus A330 starting March 5, 2022. Last month, Virgin Atlantic announced the launch of service to their first new U.S destination since 2015, with four weekly flights to Austin, Texas from May 25, 2022.

In Thursday’s announcment, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer, Juha Jarvinen, said,

“Following the relaxation of travel restrictions, we’ve seen demand increase to many of our global destinations, but particularly to our heartland in the USA. Our customers can’t wait to return. The restart of our Seattle and Washington DC services marks an important milestone, as we move into recovery and welcome our customers back on board to all the destinations they’ve missed. We’re simply not Virgin without the Atlantic and our growing transatlantic portfolio demonstrates why we’re the airline of choice to the USA.”

Virgin Atlantic has extended their flexible booking policy of unlimited free date and flight changes for new bookings. Customers can now book a holiday or flight and make as many free changes as desired to their travel dates, origin or destination, as well as one free name change, for travel until December 31, 2022 (a fare difference may apply). Additionally, the date by which rescheduled travel can be completed has been extended until December 31, 2023. The expanded booking flexibility also applies to customers who have already converted their booking to a voucher or those who hold an open ticket, and will benefit customers if their flight or holiday is canceled, in addition to their refund and voucher options.

Source: Virgin Atlantic


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