Virgin Atlantic Launches New Route

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LONDON – The UK’s second-largest long-haul airline, Virgin Atlantic, now flies to Austin, Texas with four weekly flights from London Heathrow.

The new flight to the capital of Texas this is seen as very historic as this is the first new route to be launched by Virgin Atlantic in the USA since 2017.

The flight arrived on the 8th Wednesday, June, at Austin’s – Bergstrom International Airport.

The flight was greeted by Sir Richard Branson and Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic to mark the first relaunching of a U.S destination in 5 years. 

The airline now flies to Austin four times weekly, using the Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with 31Virgin Atlantic flies from London Heathrow to Austin four times a week on the airline’s flagship product, the Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic and Founder of Virgin Group said:  “It’s an honour to be here to welcome Virgin Atlantic’s very first flight to Austin.”

“They say everything is bigger in Texas and I’ve found that to be true with the entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation that has emerged from this great city.”

“We are looking forward to providing a stronger connection between Austin and London. We are already seeing a lot of interest from people in the UK wanting to visit Austin and vice versa! Austin is a fantastic addition to Virgin Atlantic’s route network.”

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “Seeing our aircraft touch down in Austin today fills me with great pride and is a momentous occasion as it represents Virgin Atlantic’s new phase of growth.”

“Austin is our first new US route since 2017 and we know its impressive food, arts and music scene has already caught the eye of our customers.”

“We’ve seen a huge demand for bookings and as a result, we’re happy to confirm that the route will increase to a daily service from Spring 2023.”

“There are so many synergies between Virgin Atlantic and the city of Austin.”

“We love the philosophy and desire to celebrate local brands, businesses and communities and we’re delighted to welcome customers, both existing and new onboard, to explore this fabulously quirky city.” 

Mookie Patel, Chief Business and Finance Officer at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said: “AUS is thrilled to welcome Virgin Atlantic to Austin and Central Texas.”

“This exciting new partnership is reflective of our airport’s continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and furthers our commitment to being the ‘Gateway of Central Texas’ for both leisure and business travellers.”

“This type of investment in our airport, offering more nonstop services to sought-after destinations such as London, is an important and powerful investment in our community – it gives an Austinite more chances to travel to global destinations, experience new cultures, and places, and connect with loved ones and meet new people.”

The airline also plans to increase the flight to the Lone Star state daily by the summer of next year, as demand for air travel between both countries continues to pick up.  

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