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Virgin Atlantic launches London-Austin route

Good, Virgin atlantic expands its transatlantic network, with Austin join the party.

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 on final approach to London Heathrow – Image, economy class and beyond

This is the first new US route for Virgin Atlantic since 2015. The four-weekly service will launch on May 25, 2022.

The planned operations are as follows:

VS232 DEPART AUS 18:05 ARRIVE LHR 09:00+1 

Commences 25th May 2022
Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Booked Equipment: Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 (Three Class).

The route will use the airline’s 787-9 planes offering 31 Premium Class seats, 35 Premium seats, and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.

For those who are also looking for a vacation, Virgin Atlantic Holidays will be launching a portfolio of vacations in Austin and throughout Texas, including hotels and driving vacations.

Passengers who need to connect can do so with Delta Air Lines (providing connectivity to Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Raleigh Durham, JFK). Those due to travel to Austin earlier than Virgin Atlantic’s launch date can use connections with KLM, which is launching a three-weekly service from Amsterdam to Austin on March 28, 2022.

The airline will also offer belly cargo space, with up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each flight.

In quotes

Virgin Atlantic Commercial Director Juha Jarvinen said:

“We are extremely happy to launch this new service in Austin, Texas. With an impressive food, arts and music scene, we know this is a destination our guests will love to explore.

“The United States has been our heart for more than 37 years since our first flight to New York in 1984. Since the opening of the United States borders to British travelers on November 8, it has been very special to launch new flights, especially to the fantastic city of Austin.

“There are so many synergies between Virgin Atlantic and the city of Austin. We love their philosophy and desire to celebrate local brands, businesses and communities and look forward to welcoming customers, existing and new on board, safely flying them to explore this fabulously quirky city.

Jacqueline Yaft, CEO of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Virgin Atlantic to Austin and central Texas. This exciting new partnership helps meet our goals of continuing to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and reinforces our commitment to be the gateway to central Texas for leisure and business travelers. “

Fights on sale … soon

Flights on sale from January 12, with loaded round-trip fares:

  • Round-trip economy class fares start from £ 409 per person
  • Bonus from £ 711 per person
  • Higher class from £ 1,711 per person.

To help customers book with confidence, Virgin Atlantic has extended its policy of unlimited date and flight changes for new bookings, giving customers more flexibility to support their future travel plans. Updated Flexible Booking Policy allows Virgin Atlantic customers re-booking a vacation or flight only for travel through December 31, 2022, to make as many changes as needed to their travel dates, origin or their destination, the modification costs being eliminated as well as a free name change.

Additionally, the booking change horizon, the date the rescheduled trip can be completed, has been extended by eight months for all new and existing bookings – through December 31, 2023 – resulting in a window of time. wider to reprogram the plans if necessary. .

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