Virgin Atlantic announces major transatlantic expansion at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic is set to expand its transatlantic services, increasing flights from London Heathrow to key U.S. destinations in the summer of 2024. This move follows recent plans to boost its presence in the USA, with additional services to Miami and a new seasonal route from Manchester to Las Vegas.

Virgin Atlantic is achieving a milestone next summer, introducing a seventh daily flight to New York JFK and collaborating with Delta for a total of ten daily services-an 11% increase from 2023. A second daily flight to Boston will also be added, bringing the total to three daily flights.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, commented; ‘We’re excited to announce additional flying to our heartland in the USA for summer 2024.

‘By utilising our brand new A350 and A339 aircraft, our passengers can travel in style with Virgin Atlantic, as we commit to operating the routes that our customers love to fly.

‘With Boston and New York, JFK being key business and leisure travel routes, customers can rely on Virgin Atlantic to connect them to these popular destinations as we offer more opportunities to travel with our expanded offering.’

Expanded routes will feature Virgin Atlantic’s latest A330-900neo and A350-1000 aircraft, increasing Upper and Premium seats by 23% for a more luxurious travel experience. The A330-900neo will showcase the innovative Retreat Suite in Upper Class. Delta customers will have access to Delta’s upgraded Delta One product.

Virgin Atlantic’s expanded schedule solidifies its commitment to the heartland of the USA, providing a record number of daily departures to popular destinations like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington DC. The increased services aim to improve connections, enabling seamless travel to cities across the USA and global destinations via London Heathrow. Through its partnership with Delta Air Lines, passengers can conveniently reach Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Johannesburg, and Shanghai.

Virgin Atlantic expands route network with the addition of Dubai, Las Vegas

Virgin Atlantic has recently announced its return to Dubai, as it seeks to expand its route network.

The airline will offer a four-times-a-week service between London Heathrow and Dubai from October to March, catering to Brits seeking sunny winter breaks. Flights are available to book, with return fares starting at £505.

Commencing on October 28, the route will be operated by Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9 aircraft, featuring 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium, and 192 Economy Delight, Classic, and Light seats. The new service will provide connections for customers traveling from Dubai via London Heathrow to various destinations across North America within both the Virgin Atlantic and Delta networks, including New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Virgin Atlantic Holidays provides customers with a wide range of options, with over 30 properties throughout Dubai and the surrounding region.

Besides Dubai’s stunning resorts that offer five-star luxury, the nearby desert presents opportunities for camel rides, sandboarding, and dune bashing. Virgin Atlantic last operated flights to Dubai in March 2019.

In addition to the Dubai route, Virgin Atlantic has also announced expanded services from Manchester Airport. Starting in summer 2024, new flights to Las Vegas will be introduced, providing passengers from the North West and beyond with an increased range of leisure travel options, including Orlando and Barbados. These Manchester flights will operate on the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, offering 16 Upper Class, 56 Premium, and 325 Economy Delight, Classic, and Light seats, as well as a unique social space called ‘The Booth,’ exclusively for Upper Class passengers to enjoy various activities while crossing the Atlantic. Economy fares start from £770 per person.

Rikke Christensen, Vice President of Network & Alliances at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘I’m thrilled to be returning to Dubai – a destination we know our customers and people love. Its inviting climate during the cold UK winter, combined with its first-class collection of hotels and experiences make Dubai a must visit destination for sunshine hungry Brits.

We’ve long wanted to return to this incredible city when the time was right, and this year presents the perfect opportunity. Dubai will complement our growing collection of winter sun destinations, bolstered by The Maldives and Turks and Caicos later this year alongside our new services between Manchester and Las Vegas in Summer 2024 and the soon to commence inter-Caribbean flights. I’m looking forward to welcoming our customers back to this vibrant, exciting destination once more.’

Gatwick expands transatlantic network as British Airways adds new routes to Toronto and Las Vegas

British Airways has said that it will add two new transatlantic routes – Toronto and Las Vegas – to its summer 2018 schedule at Gatwick.

With the two new destinations, the total number of new routes introduced at Gatwick in 2017 will increase to six and the total number of routes flying from Gatwick to 71, of which 24 of them long-haul and 47 short-haul.

The new service to Toronto will commence on May 1, with three flights per week, and Las Vegas will be returning with three flights a week from March 27, 2018. The fares to Toronto in World Traveller will start from £453 return and fares to Las Vegas from Gatwick will start from £699 return, including taxes and charges.

The new Toronto service will be British Airways’ first flight to Canada from Gatwick, and comes after the launch of new long-haul routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale in the US. The Las Vegas route comes after high demand for the airline’s current service from Heathrow.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of networks and alliances, said: ‘Gatwick has always offered a great range of long-haul destinations, but adding Toronto and Las Vegas to the summer schedule will take the number of transatlantic routes to 21, making Canada, the US and the Caribbean more accessible than ever before.

‘It’s particularly exciting to be adding Canada to the list of places our customers will be able to explore from Gatwick, and we look forward to welcoming our Canadian customers in to London.’

British Airways customers travelling from Gatwick will benefit from the airline’s modern facilities at Gatwick’s south terminal. Passengers travelling in Club World will also have access to a new lounge area at Gatwick, which opened in spring this year.

British Airways Commences Gatwick to Las Vegas Service

British Airways, a UK based airline, is offering a new direct route from London Gatwick airport in the UK to Las Vegas in the US.

The airline has commenced its direct service to Las Vegas, using a three-cabin Boeing 777 aircraft with a Club World cabin and fully flat beds.

Silla Maizey, the airline managing director for Gatwick, said, ‘Las Vegas is incredibly popular with British Airways customers and we’re delighted to be able to start flying there from Gatwick.

It’s the perfect route for our holiday makers, thanks to the sun and fun there is to be had there.’

The new service was inaugurated by cutting a cake decorated with sugar figurines of Elvis Presley with Las Vegas showgirls.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has partnered with British Airways to celebrate the airline’s new service.

The airline’s customers at the new Gatwick North Terminal check-in area were treated to a glass of sparkling wine at a specially constructed Las Vegas bar venue, and entertained by musicians, showgirls and circus performers.

Cathy Tull, the senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said, ‘Las Vegas is pleased that British Airways has expanded its service from London to Las Vegas by offering this new non-stop service from Gatwick.

The UK is our number one overseas market and will play a key role in increasing international visitation to 30 percent of our total visitation over the next decade.’

The airline is teaming up with Brand USA as the initial founding partner, and is taking part in a number of initiatives to promote the US as a premier tourist destination for international visitors, including travel agent activities and promotional campaigns in the UK.

The airline is also hosting the initial visit of UK travel agents to numerous destinations in the US, to showcase tourist attractions and the possibility of developing tourism in newer markets.

British Airways Announces New Offers

British Airways, the UK-based airline company, has announced new offers to celebrate the launch of its London Gatwick to Las Vegas service.

The airline is offering a three times per week service to Las Vegas, from London Gatwick Airport, bringing its total to ten flights a week from the two main London airports to the US entertainment capital.

To celebrate the new service, the airline is offering special bargain deals on three night stays at some of the best hotels on the Las Vegas strip, on bookings for the new flights made by July 25, 2012, and which commence on October 29, 2012.

The hotel packages on offer include accommodation at a range of hotels in Las Vegas, including the three-star Riviera Hotel and Casino, The New Tropicana Las Vegas, the Wynn Resort Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan, and The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has recently opened its stylish new Terminal 3, replacing the previous Terminal 2. The new international terminal has taken five years to complete at a cost of $2.4 billion. It has two million square feet of space and incorporates the latest technology for passengers once they have checked in, including a spa, numerous dining options, and slot machines for gaming.

British Airways is currently also offering cash back to its passengers as part of its patronage of Team Great Britain for the London 2012 Olympics Games. The airline is offering cash back on its all-inclusive Caribbean holidays if athlete Jessica Ennis wins a medal, the cash back will be increased dependent on whether the athlete wins a gold, silver or bronze medal for her country.

British Airways Introduces Flights from Gatwick to Las Vegas

British Airways, a UK-based airline company, has announced a new route from London Gatwick Airport, in the UK, to Las Vegas, USA.

The  new, three times weekly service commences from October 29, 2012, and will be operated by a three-class Boeing 777 aircraft, which will feature fully flat beds for Club World cabin passengers.

The new route will add more alternates for travelling between London and Las Vegas, by supplementing an already existing service of 10 weekly flights between Heathrow Airport and Las Vegas Airport.

Colm Lacy, the airline head of commercial at Gatwick Airport, said, ‘Las Vegas has proved to be an incredibly popular year-round destination from Heathrow so we are delighted to now be able to offer the route from Gatwick as well. This is the kind of destination our leisure customers at Gatwick are looking for and it will complement our existing USA and long haul leisure network.’

The new route is open for advance bookings at the company website, ba.com. The airline is also offering exclusive holiday packages to its passengers flying on the new route, which also may be booked via the airline’s website.

The company is offering a three-night stay at a hotel in Las Vegas, commencing from GBP826 per person, inclusive of airfare. The holiday offers are currently available at the company website. Amongst the Las Vegas hotels included in the vacation offer are the three-star Riviera Hotel and Casino, and five-star hotels including The Venetian Resort Hotel, the Aria Resort and Casino, and The Wynn Resort Las Vegas.

 

Luxury Travel Is On the Rise, Says New Survey

A recent survey by a travel company has revealed that travellers are willing to purchase premium travel options, for the right price, which indicates an upturn on previous survey findings.

ALTOUR, a US-based international travel company with offices in the UK, France and other countries, has announced in its ALTOUR Index for April 2012 that promotions offered by luxury cruise lines, airlines, and premium resort vacations have become popular with travellers. Where luxury operators are prepared to offer acceptable pricing, value for money, and discounts, bookings are showing an unprecedented growth in demand.

Travel for leisure has risen by around 55 percent compared to the same period in 2011, says the bi-monthly survey of leisure agents, with a 25 percent increase in demand for luxury vacations.

The company agent and branch manager in Las Vegas, US, Lynn Minard, says, ‘People have taken that big step back into travelling, (with) confidence to spend that money on vacations They (the customers) looked at certain products or brands as out of their reach pricewise. Now these cruise lines have made so many great offers, in terms of value, that people are willing to bump up to the luxury or premium level. They are getting a lot more for their money. You see that a lot in the cruise market.’

Travellers also cited their main concern when booking travel as confusion regarding airline fees and policies, and are reportedly opting to book with travel companies offering them definite guarantees to shield them from any associated overpayments.

Where to stay in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Holidays are bigger and better than ever before, with the highest standards in service and facilities. There are famous hotels at every corner and there is sure to be a name you recognize. There is something for every taste, from the famous to luxury. Take at look at Virgin Holidays range of Las Vegas Holidays, there is sure to be something that will take your fancy and here are some of the best:

As soon as you walk in to the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas you are surrounded by style and luxury with the spectacular glass-domed conservatory through the lobby, complete with hand blown glass flowers. The resort is styled on an elegant Italian village and includes eight fine-dining restaurants offering a variety of gourmet cuisine. With the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas it is not only the exhilarating views of the Las Vegas ‘Strip’ to look forward to but their sumptuous spa where you can enjoy a range of pampering treatments. The lake view rooms are located in the original Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas Tower and offer beautiful views over Lake Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas. There are also a number of luxury suites such as the Salone Suite which comes with its own whirlpool bath.

Famous hotels are endless in Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Las Vegas is the place to stay if you’re looking for celebrity cool. You will really feel like a celebrity when staying at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, with sleek, film-themed rooms and A-list events right on your door step. So make sure you make time to get yourself to a Red Carpet Movie Premier or Billboard Recording Artists Concert. It doesn’t stop there though, dine like a celebrity and head to one of the top restaurants such as Striphouse and Koi. The gorgeous Planet Hollywood Las Vegas is bang in the centre of the Vegas ‘Strip’ next door to the Paris and opposite the graceful Bellagio fountains.

There is something for every budget in Las Vegas, from 3V to 5V and from the famous to luxury so there is sure to be something for everyone with last minute holidays. There are a number of specials offers available at the moment on the Virgin Holidays website, including some of the big named hotels so now has never been a better time to book last minute holidays.

Despite Poor Economy, Las Vegas Remains as Popular as Ever

Americans are travelling less. Industry leaders have blamed the decline in travel on falling income figures and a lack of savings, despite the economy’s slow progress towards complete recovery and the nation’s penchant for spending. International travel, once a standard annual activity for middle class families throughout the nation, is now considered a luxury that may have to wait a year.

But one American tourism icon continues to attract visitors in record numbers: Las Vegas. The town that truly defines sin has seen continued growth in its tourism industry, bringing in a record eighteen million visitor throughout the first six months of 2010. Hotels bookings are fairly constant, despite a decline in occupancy rates throughout the United States’ biggest holiday centres.

Why the unexpected increase? Las Vegas has maintained an 82 percent occupancy rate over the past six months – a significant increase from its peak periods just a year ago and much higher than rates seen in other tourism cities. Travel industry experts have pointed to the city’s growing family appeal as reason for the consistency, with hotels reporting a greater amount of non-gambling visitors.

It’s a theory that’s backed up by the city’s gaming revenues. While visitors flocked to Las Vegas in the past six months, the city took in seven percent less tax revenue from its major casinos. Gaming industry journalists have pointed to a lack of disposable income as the cause of low gaming income, as many of the city’s frequent gamblers lack to the funds to attend frequent casino events.

For Nevada, the chance in revenue represents a transformation that’s been taking place in Sin City for several decades. As the city sheds its sleaze appeal and grows into a family destination, income is likely to diversify across different sectors of the tourism industry. While it’s unlikely to mark the end of Vegas as a gaming hotspot, this will be good news for tourism operators in the region.