Delta returns to Manchester to join forces with Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are boosting flights between the U.K and U.S. from next summer, with Delta returning to Manchester Airport, once again joining forces with its partner Virgin Atlantic.
Delta will operate a new peak-summer service to Boston effective May 22, 2020 taking over Virgin Atlantic’s current operation. Flights will increase from the current three per week to a daily service, offering an extra 45% capacity verses last year.
Manchester will become the eighth Transatlantic destination served nonstop by Delta from Boston, while flights to Atlanta, New York-JFK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Orlando will continue to be operated by Virgin Atlantic. Together the airlines will offer a schedule of up to six daily flights to Manchester from six U.S. cities next summer.
“We’re excited to return to Manchester Airport and continue to grow our international network from Boston,” said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s vice president Transatlantic. “Together with Virgin Atlantic, we are strengthening our presence in the northeast U.S., offering customers a greater choice of destinations combined with the excellent service they can expect from our airlines.”
Delta will operate its Boeing 757 equipped with 15 lie-flat seats in Delta One, 44 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 105 seats in Main Cabin. Delta One customers enjoy a range of benefits, including the option to select their in-flight meal ahead of their flight. Meanwhile, next summer, Main Cabin customers flying from Manchester will enjoy complimentary “welcome aboard” cocktails, plus a restaurant-dining experience featuring a choice of appetizer and main course, followed by a separate dessert service.
The two airlines have a long history in the North West and today, from where Virgin Atlantic flies to destinations across the United States and the Caribbean, including Atlanta, Barbados, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando.
Along with the Boeing 747, Virgin Atlantic operates the Airbus A332 from Manchester, which features entirely redesigned interiors. Exclusive to the A330-200s, all Upper Class suites will feature direct aisle access and enhanced surface area for additional personal space. Economy will also see additional touches of the airline’s famous style throughout the cabin. Seats will feature classic red and beige tones, along with brand new leather headrests. Each cabin will also see Black Cherry curtains and carpets, along with refreshed bathrooms, stylish mood lighting and wall finishes. Standard for Virgin Atlantic, all flights will offer high speed WiFi, power in every seat and the latest on-board entertainment. The fabulous service from the award winning cabin crew will also be on hand throughout all cabins.
Customers flying on Delta and Virgin Atlantic-operated flights also enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity, fully flat-bed seats, in-seat entertainment for every customer and a host of special touches to make every flight memorable. International aircraft are also equipped with wi-fi.
Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: “It’s pleasing to see Delta work with Virgin Atlantic to launch a daily flight to Boston from Manchester Airport. The service will prove incredibly popular with the 115,000 people in our catchment area that fly to the East Coast city each year. Not only is Boston a great destination for leisure travellers, the Delta service will be of great significance and use to the life science industry, and academic community here in the North, who have been wanting increased frequency on this route for some time. The route comes off the back of a sustained period of long-haul growth from the UK’s global gateway in the North, as we continue to play our role of connecting the region with key economic global hubs.”