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You’ll have plenty of flight options if you want to hop across the pond next summer, as Delta and its joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic are combining forces to offer 10,000 more seats per week on transatlantic flights to the United Kingdom.
The plan includes more flights to London and Manchester on both airlines, as well as Delta’s return to London-Gatwick.
Here’s what you can expect from these new Delta and Virgin Atlantic flights in 2020:
More flights to London
Delta is adding new daily flights between New York-JFK and London-Heathrow, bringing its total to three daily year-round flights taking off each way. The new service includes Delta’s first daytime transatlantic flight, with the London-bound flight departing at 10:15 a.m. from JFK and landing in London at 10:25 p.m. You can take this new flight starting March 28, 2020.
Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic is adding a daily flight from JFK to London-Gatwick. The route launches on May 21, 2020.
On March 29, 2020, Virgin Atlantic will start increasing the number of flights it offers from the West Coast. Los Angeles will get three more weekly flights, while Seattle will see an increase of four flights per week.
And Delta is returning to London-Gatwick, launching daily flights from Boston and New York-JFK starting May 21, 2020.
More flights to Manchester
Delta will begin offering seasonal summer flights from Boston to Manchester starting May 21, 2020. This new service will increase the frequency on that route from the existing three flights weekly to daily service.
At that point, including Virgin Atlantic’s current flights between Manchester and other U.S. cities, the two airlines will operate up to six daily flights between Manchester and the United States.
Fly in style
On some of these new routes, passengers will fly on new aircraft, too.
Beginning this winter, travelers on Delta’s JFK-Heathrow and Boston-Heathrow flights will ride on the airline's recently upgraded Boeing 767-400. The lie-flat seats in business class are laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration to give passengers more privacy. All cabins have seatback screens for entertainment, personal power outlets and Wi-Fi access.
Guests onboard Virgin Atlantic’s flights between London and JFK will start flying on the newest aircraft in its fleet, the A350, in September 2019. This aircraft was designed with a new social space called The Loft, which allows Upper Class passengers to enjoy a communal area. The A350 will also operate between Los Angeles and London starting next year.
The bottom line
With these added routes, travelers on both coasts will have more choices when traveling to the U.K. starting next summer. The joint venture partnership between Delta and Virgin Atlantic not only offers more flights for miles-earning opportunities and redemption options, but also reciprocal perks at the airport as well for certain passengers with elite status. For example, Delta SkyMiles members with Platinum or Diamond status can access the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.