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Virgin Atlantic to return to Canada, boost SFO schedule…

Posted on 11 November 2011


A computer-generated image of what Virgin Atlantic’s new aircraft design will look like.

Virgin Atlantic will add nonstop servicebetween London Heathrow and Vancouver, which will become the carrier’s only Canadian destination.


The service – currently scheduled as seasonal – will begin May 24 and will operate four times a week on 240-seat Airbus A340-300 jets, according to the Vancouver Sun.


The CBC says Virgin Atlantic’s “new routes are timed to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics, which are set to take place next summer.”


Virgin Atlantic plans to fly the route through Oct. 25, though airline officials tell the Sun it could switch to year-round if demand is strong.


“We’ll start with four [flights a week] and see how it builds up,” Virgin Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgway says to the Sun. “We’re always looking for opportunities to grow [and] we want a market with a strong business component and a strong leisure component.”


Vancouver will be the only destination in Canada for Virgin Atlantic, which had briefly served Toronto but suspended that service because of the downturn in travel after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


And, in the the U.S., Virgin Atlantic “also announced it was starting a second Heathrow-San Francisco service which will operate three times a week, starting on March 26,” Britain’s Press Association writes. Virgin Atlantic’s expanded London-San Francisco schedule will operate trough Oct. 26.

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