Friday, May 29, 2015

New Air Freight Service with Daily Cargo Flights between London and Detroit

Virgin Atlantic Opens Eleventh US Routing
Shipping News Feature

UK – US – The start of June will see Detroit become Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s eleventh destination in North America when the airline commences daily flights to and from London Heathrow on the first of the month. Virgin Atlantic’s daily Airbus A330 flight will offer over 16 tonnes of capacity for freight in both directions and the airline expects customers in the UK, Europe, India and South Africa that already use its daily Chicago services to welcome a second destination into the popular US Midwest cargo market.

Detroit is Virgin Atlantic’s second new US destination in the last eight months, following the addition of Atlanta to the airline’s network in October. A second daily London-Atlanta service started at the end of March as well as a new daily non-stop flight connecting Manchester and Atlanta, whilst Virgin Atlantic’s summer 2015 schedule has also seen the introduction of additional frequencies on its New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas routes.

The new route also increases the choice of US destinations for Virgin Atlantic’s customers and joins those listed above plus Boston, Chicago, Miami, Orlando and Washington. It will also give American customers more access to the airline’s international network which now offers over 400 direct and on-forwarding destinations, including more than 50 cities across Europe. John Lloyd, Senior Vice President Cargo at Virgin Atlantic observed:

“Transatlantic services have been our biggest market for over 30 years and with the addition of Detroit and extra frequencies to and from other major U.S gateways, we are giving customers our biggest ever choice in terms of routes, capacity, flight times and onward connections. The positive economic outlook for both the US and the UK means we are adding capacity at a time when customers of both sides of the Atlantic are gaining in confidence and looking for new trade opportunities and we’re ready to support them.”