Virgin Atlantic have announced new direct services between Manchester Airport and New York, Boston and San Francisco Airports!
The new direct flights to San Francisco will operate during the summer. There will be three flights per week and the service is set to begin in 2017. The new JFK Airport service starts in May 2017. This will replace the current operated by Delta, their partner airline.
The new service to Boston will be operated twice weekly. This will also commence in the summer of 2017. Virgin Atlantic already has flights to both San Francisco and Boston from Manchester Airport. All the new services will be operated using Virgin Atlantic’s very latest Airbus A330 airliners. The aircraft will have cabin configurations for Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy.
Says Erik Varwijk, Commercial Executive Vice President:
Virgin Atlantic says the move reflects the strong partnership between the two airlines, which is focused on offering customers more travel choices and flexibility. In Manchester, deploying our Airbus A330-300 aircraft on this route will allow us to further meet the growing demand from the Manchester market, now offering a total of six direct flights to the U.S. after the recently announced new services to Boston and San Francisco. The network changes highlight the strength and flexibility of our joint venture, allowing us to make smart decisions that ensure the right aircraft are on the right routes for our customers.
Says Ken O’Toole, Manchester Airport Managing Director:
Securing the first ever direct flight between Manchester and San Francisco is a significant moment for a number of reasons. Firstly, it gives the 22m passengers living within two hours of Manchester Airport yet another great long haul destination to choose from and it is sure to prove popular with leisure travellers. Secondly, it will deliver a real boost to the North’s economy by providing a direct link to the world’s leading location for tech and biomedical start-ups, which is now home to some of the biggest brands on the planet, like Google, Twitter and Uber. It is also pleasing to see Virgin Atlantic announce a direct route to Boston, as well as increased frequency on its existing Barbados service and a code share agreement with Flybe. This will mean passengers from across the UK and Europe will be able to connect onto Virgin Atlantic’s long haul flights from Manchester Airport, cementing its position as the North of England’s main gateway to the world.