Virgin Atlantic will fly just 3 routes for much of April
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For most of April, Virgin Atlantic will only operate three routes in its route network. Between 29 March and 19 April 2020, the carrier will only operate flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) and Hong Kong (HKG).
As first reported by RoutesOnline and confirmed to TPG by Virgin, the airline will severely reduce its global operations during much of the month of April. The airline will operate its flagship route between LHR and New York (JFK) with one daily frequency (VS3/VS4), serviced by one of its Airbus A350 aircraft. However, there will be no flight on 1 April.
Additionally, Virgin will continue to operate its route between LHR and Hong Kong (HKG) as VS206/VS207. The route will be operated by one of the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft on alternating days.
Finally, the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the launch of Virgin’s A350 aircraft on its route to LAX. While the carrier had originally planned to launch its newest aircraft to LAX at some point in April, that date has moved up to 1 April. Until 31 March, a 789 will operate the daily frequency between LHR and LAX before changing to an A350 as VS23/VS24.
The massive reduction in operations for Virgin Atlantic comes as no surprise. Earlier this month, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss said that as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the airline would ground 85% of its fleet for parts of April.
RoutesOnline reports that Virgin tentatively plans to resume additional service from 20 April, though that is subject to change.
While its commercial operation has been severely reduced as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Virgin has taken up operating cargo flights. Last week, the carrier operated its first-ever cargo-only charter flight. The airline said that it plans to continue fulfilling cargo operations.
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