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Virgin Atlantic adds more flights to India from Summer 2020

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:45 pm    Post subject: Virgin Atlantic adds more flights to India from Summer 2020 Reply with quote

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/virgin-atlantic-reinforces-indian-network-with-summe-462400/

Virgin Atlantic reinforces Indian network with summer schedule

19 NOVEMBER, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: GRAHAM DUNN LONDON
Virgin Atlantic is adding a second daily frequency to Delhi to further beef up its Indian network from London Heathrow, as part of a summer schedule in which it will also deploy its new A350 across four more routes.

The UK carrier last summer moved to restore its own flights from Heathrow to Mumbai after the collapse of Indian carrier Jet Airways, with which Virgin had been codesharing.

It has today detailed plans to add a second daily Heathrow-Delhi service from the start of the summer timetable on 29 March 2020.

Prior to its collapse Jet Airways operated thrice-daily services to Heathrow from Mumbai, and a daily connection from Delhi. British Airways has also added an additional frequency to its Mumbai service since the grounding of Jet.

Virgin is also adding a new weekly flight to San Francisco from Heathrow, taking its frequency on the route to double-daily. The airline will debut its new A350 on the route from May 2020.

San Francisco is one of five routes on which Virgin will have operated its A350 by next August. The airline, which launched A350 services in September on its New York JFK route, will also use the type on Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Lagos services from March, April and August, respectively.

Executive vice-president commercial Juha Jarvinen states: "Next year will mark 20 years since Virgin Atlantic started flying to Delhi, and the service continues to grow in popularity for both business and leisure travel. The second daily service from Heathrow is an excellent opportunity to meet customer demand on this route."
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jet's void to LHR has been taken over slowly by BA or Virgin. Where is AI, I thought by now they would have introduced another flight from BOM or may be a third flight from DEL. And Vistara is the only other airline which could serve and it does not appear interested enough to serve LHR.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iah87 wrote:
Jet's void to LHR has been taken over slowly by BA or Virgin. Where is AI, I thought by now they would have introduced another flight from BOM or may be a third flight from DEL. And Vistara is the only other airline which could serve and it does not appear interested enough to serve LHR.
As you correctly point out, the current climate is a bit bleak. Vistara will have LHR in its cross-hairs with its B789s. Till then, the summer schedule has AI going double daily at DEL, daily at BOM, 3pw BLR and 4pw AMD; of course, add in the politically pushed 3pw ATQ-STN service. AI will be loathe to have dramatic route changes in light of the Government disinvestment and its associated uncertainties. While BA has always held the premium segment captive, 9W and VS had attractive Y fares to LHR. AI had the Lion's share of the seats about two years back, but that looks to have dwindled a bit, with AI having taken First Class off its DEL offering.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone hear about what the new BOM timings will be? I thought they said BOM was changing. The new DeL flight has been published but no changes on BOM. They are still booking morning LHR departure into Oct 2020.
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