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Virgin Atlantic route additions are always worth getting excited about.
This time, the U.K.-based airline welcomes back its service from London Heathrow (LHR) to Dubai (DXB) as well as a seasonal service between Las Vegas (LAS) and the northern U.K. city of Manchester (MAN).
The news comes a few months before the launch of new Virgin Atlantic service to the Maldives and Turks and Caicos.
“Dubai will complement our growing collection of winter sun destinations, bolstered by The Maldives and Turks and Caicos later this year alongside our new services between Manchester and Las Vegas in Summer 2024 and the soon-to-commence inter-Caribbean flights,” said Rikke Christensen, Vice President of Network and Alliances at Virgin Atlantic.
Here are the details about Virgin’s newest routes.
London Heathrow to Dubai With Virgin
Virgin’s new seasonal service to Dubai will not only be great for those living in the U.K. but also for U.S.-based travelers who will have a new option to consider when planning a trip to the U.A.E.
Passengers from the 12 U.S. cities that Virgin serves will be able to connect through London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 onto the airline’s soon-to-be-reinstated service to Dubai from October 28, 2023.
This will be of particular interest to those who collect miles or pursue status with Delta or other SkyTeam member airlines as well as those who’d prefer not to take other airlines’ longer, sometimes more expensive nonstop flights to Dubai.
Tickets for the seasonal, 4-times-weekly route will be available for purchase from June 7, 2023.
Virgin will deploy its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on the route. These aircraft offer 31 Upper Class (business class) seats, 35 premium economy seats, and 192 seats in economy.
Las Vegas to Manchester
Those familiar with Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport may recall already having seen Virgin’s distinctive livery on the tarmac.
You wouldn’t be wrong, as the airline currently flies a nonstop route between Las Vegas and London Heathrow. This existing service will soon be complemented by seasonal service to Manchester (MAN), the airline’s northern U.K. hub.
Flights between Las Vegas and Manchester will start in summer 2024 and will be operated by the airline’s stunning Airbus A350-1000.
Flying on one of Virgin’s Airbus A350-1000s (especially in Upper Class) is a treat — and the best part is that you can save so much money when doing so thanks to the airline’s Flying Club program.
Virgin Atlantic is making a splash with its latest round of new routes. We have a feeling that this won’t be the end of new-route announcements from the airline this year — watch this space!
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