Delta, Virgin Atlantic Plan New London Gatwick Flights In UK Schedule Update

Aug 15, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Delta Air Lines will return to London Gatwick next May after an eight-year hiatus with a new flight from Boston.

The SkyTeam Alliance carrier will offer a daily flight between its Boston Logan (BOS) hub and London Gatwick (LGW) starting May 21. The company will fly a Boeing 757-200 with 165 seats, including 16 lie-flat business class seats, on the route.

Delta announced the service amid a number of changes to its 2020 United Kingdom schedule Thursday.

Partner Virgin Atlantic Airways will complement Delta’s Gatwick flight with its own new service between the London airport and New York John F. Kennedy (JFK). Starting May 21, the airline will offer a daily flight on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 266 seats, though only 19 lie-flat business class seats.

Related: The Best Credit Card for Delta Flyers

“We’re excited to return to London Gatwick… and continue to grow our international network from Boston,” said Roberto Ioriatti, vice-president of transatlantic at Delta, in a statement. “Together with Virgin Atlantic, we are strengthening our presence in the northeast US and in London.”

Delta and Virgin Atlantic first announced the new Gatwick routes in April. The plans came to light just days before JetBlue Airways outlined its own plan to begin service to a London airport from Boston and JFK in 2021.

Delta ended service to Gatwick in 2012 when it moved all of its London flights to Heathrow.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic operate a joint venture between the US and UK, a pact that allows them to act as essentially one carrier in the market. They recently received preliminary approval for an expanded partnership with Delta partners Air France and KLM that they say will lead to more service and better joint customer amenities.

Related: Delta, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic Transatlantic Pact Gets Tentative Nod

In addition to the new Gatwick service, Virgin Atlantic will offer additional flights to London Heathrow (LHR) from both Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA) next summer. The airline will add three weekly flights on the LAX route for 17 per week, and it will add four weekly flights to Seattle for a total of 11 per week. The new frequencies begin on Mar. 29.

Virgin Atlantic will operate its new Airbus A350-1000 to LAX beginning this winter. The carrier will debut the new wide-body, which is outfitted with 335 seats including 44 of its new Upper Class business-class suites, on flights to JFK from Heathrow on Sept. 10.

Related: Check Out Virgin Atlantic’s Swanky New Upper Class Suite

The first Virgin Atlantic A350-1000. (Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic)
The first Virgin Atlantic A350-1000. (Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic)

 

The airline’s additional Seattle flights will be flown with a Boeing 787-9 with 264 seats.

The new Delta and Virgin Atlantic services combined represent a 15% year-over-year increase in capacity, the carriers say.

However, even with a 15% increase in capacity, Delta and Virgin Atlantic will remain just over half the size of American Airlines and British Airways on US-UK routes, according to Diio by Cirium schedule data. American and BA operate their own joint venture between the US and Europe.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic will also juggle several routes between them next summer. Delta will take over Virgin Atlantic’s daytime flight between JFK and Heathrow on March 29, and its seasonal summer flight between Boston and Manchester (MAN) on May 21.

Delta will operate a retrofitted Boeing 767-400ER with its new Delta One seats on all of its JFK-Heathrow flights by this winter. The aircraft, which entered service earlier this week, has 238 seats, including 34 lie-flats business class.

Related: Aboard Delta’s First Retrofitted 767-400ER

The airline will fly a 757-200 between Boston and Manchester.

Delta will compete with Norwegian between Boston and Gatwick, according to Diio. Virgin Atlantic will compete with British Airways and Norwegian between JFK and Gatwick.

Featured image by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
0% on purchases for 12 months
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.