Virgin Atlantic details 5 more routes to resume in September, extended onboard meal offerings
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Virgin Atlantic is continuing its network relaunch. On Tuesday, the carrier detailed its plans to relaunch flights to Atlanta, Mumbai, Lagos and more throughout the rest of the month of September.
By the middle of September, Virgin Atlantic will operate a total of 11 routes to destinations in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. In addition to its existing network, Virgin plans to launch the following routes and frequencies:
- London Heathrow (LHR) to Delhi (DEL) — 1 September with three weekly flights
- London Heathrow (LHR) to Tel Aviv (TLV) — 6 September with three weekly flights
- London Heathrow (LHR) to Lagos (LOS) — 10 September with four weekly flights
- London Heathrow (LHR) to Atlanta (ATL) — 15 September with three weekly flights
- London Heathrow (LHR) to Mumbai (BOM) — 16 September with four weekly flights
The flights to launch this month are in addition to those that have already restarted. Currently, the carrier is flying from Heathrow to Hong Kong (HKG), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Barbados (BGI), Shanghai (PVG) and Miami (MIA).
Virgin Atlantic has also rolled out new inflight offerings for passengers on flights as of 1 September. As of the beginning of the month, passengers across all cabins will be able to take advantage of expanded hot food offerings, as well as extended beverage options.
In Upper Class, that means passengers will get a choice of three hot meals, dessert, cheese plate and crackers and a ciabatta roll, all delivered to their seat on a tray. Additionally, the carrier is bringing back Champagne, mini liquors and mixers, beer and wine as drink options. Afternoon tea — on flights where it’s available as a second meal — will now get Champagne as a beverage option with the meal. Finally, the carrier is reintroducing a selection of snacks for Upper Class passengers to choose from throughout the flight.
In Premium and economy, passengers will get a meal box, which incorporates a choice of three hot meals, cheese and biscuits and a dessert pot. As far as beverages, Premium and economy passengers have a choice of beer, wine and mini liquors and mixers.
The airline is also bringing back special meal options. Lacto-ovo vegetarian and kosher meals are once again an option as of 1 September, and as of 1 October, the airline is bringing back vegan, halal, low lactose and gluten friendly options.
Each of the routes in Tuesday’s announcement is in addition to the announcement from last week that the airline would be adding new service from both London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) to destinations in Pakistan.
Beginning in December, Virgin will launch flights from LHR to Islamabad (ISB) and Lahore (LHE), as well as from MAN to ISB. The flights are set to go on sale this month.
In June, the airline announced plans to resume 19 long-haul routes by the month of October. As part of that announcement, the carrier detailed intentions to resume flights to Washington, D.C. (IAD), Seattle (SEA), Las Vegas (LAS), Johannesburg (JNB) and more in September, though those plans remain shelved at this time.
Government restrictions around the world have likely hindered the airline’s ability to resume routes at the rate it originally intended.
Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Virgin has continued to operate cargo flights to carry necessary medical equipment to and from the U.K. Additionally, it operated some essential repatriation flights, and at one point, it suspended passenger operations altogether.
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