Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will adjust their service from London Heathrow to both Atlanta Hartsfield International and Los Angeles International airports in October.
Virgin Atlantic will take over one of Delta’s three daily London-Atlanta flights, and Delta will take over one of Virgin Atlantic’s two daily London-Los Angeles flights from 26 October, the carriers say in a joint statement.
The UK-based carrier will operate its Atlanta flight with an Airbus A330-300 and Delta will operate its Los Angeles flight with a Boeing 767-300ER.
“Expanding access to London’s Heathrow airport has long been at the top of Delta’s list of priorities, while Virgin Atlantic has long wanted greater access to North America,” says Ed Bastian, president of Atlanta-based Delta, in a statement. “Today’s announcement shows how we’re delivering this shared commitment to increase connectivity on the trans-Atlantic.”
Delta and Virgin Atlantic launched a metal neutral immunised joint venture between the UK and USA on 1 January. Delta has since co-located some of its operations adjacent to Virgin Atlantic in terminal 3 at London Heathrow, and the airlines have coordinated their schedules between London and New York.