The FINANCIAL -- Delta Air Lines will significantly grow its presence at
London’s Heathrow Airport when its partnership with Virgin Atlantic
comes into force later this year.
Heathrow is the world’s top business destination: of the top 10 transatlantic corporate markets, 8 of them are to London Heathrow. Delta and Virgin expect to jointly offer 21 daily flights from London Heathrow to the U.S. by the end of 2013.
Ed Bastian, Delta’s president said: “London Heathrow is the most important access point for corporate travellers and that was driving force behind our decision to invest in Virgin Atlantic,” He added, “Given the constraints on growth at Heathrow, our partnership with Virgin will enable us to expand our presence at this Airport and level the field a little with our competitors, while offering customers even more in terms of choice and benefits.”
Effective 31 March, Delta will launch a third daily service between Heathrow and Atlanta for a total of nine daily nonstop flights to five U.S. cities: New York-JFK, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St Paul and Boston. Customers will benefit from almost 30,000 weekly seats offered on Delta flights between Heathrow and the United States this summer.
In addition, Delta has been making a number of significant investments in products and services for customers flying from Heathrow, including: offering fully flat-bed seats on all services between Heathrow and the U.S. – more than 4,700 available each week to five U.S. cities; introducing Wi-Fi on transatlantic services, according to DELTA.
Opening a new $1.4billion Terminal 4 at New York’s JFK Airport in May this year, to significantly improve the customer experience for JFK- Heathrow arrivals and departures.