Virgin Atlantic announces direct flights from Heathrow to Austin

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Beginning May 25, 2022, Virgin Atlantic will fly direct between Heathrow in London and Austin, Texas. The new route to the US is the first since 2015 and will be in direct competition with British Airways flights. Flights will operate four times a week on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium, and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. Onward services from Virgin’s joint venture partner Delta Air Lines will offer connections to 10 US cities, including Seattle and Los Angeles. Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer, said: “We are incredibly excited to launch this new service to Austin, Texas. With an impressive food, arts, and music scene, we know it’s a destination our customers will love to explore. “The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years since our first flight to New York City in 1984. Since US borders opened to UK travelers on November 8, it feels extra special to be launching new flying, especially to the fantastic city of Austin.” Jarvinen added: “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 we cannot wait to welcome customers, both existing and new onboard, flying them safely to explore this fabulously quirky city.”