Virgin Atlantic Boosts Flights To India

Daniel Fowkes
04 Apr 2024
· Routes 
Virgin Atlantic is boosting flights to India with the upcoming launch of a second daily service to Mumbai in October with the A350-1000.

Virgin Atlantic is continuing its plans to expand the route network, with further expansion towards India scheduled to commence in October 2024.

The U.K.-based airline has announced it’ll launch a second daily direct service between London Heathrow and Mumbai to enhance customer and cargo operations.

Service will commence on 27 October 2024, when the airline will deploy one of the newest additions to the fleet, the Airbus A350-1000. This aircraft offers customers a choice of Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic, and Light.

The latest service is also expected to complement the carrier’s existing commitment to the country, with flights also offered towards Bengaluru and Delhi and the already operational first daily Mumbai flight.

By the time this latest flight is launched, Virgin Atlantic says it’ll offer five daily flights into the country, and by 2025, over one million seats will be offered towards the country. The growth is also highlighted by a 350% increase since 2019, with the region becoming even more critical for the airline.

Virgin Atlantic says that India’s position in its network is now only second to the United States, and it is the second-largest growth area outside of this key market.

There is a huge opportunity for us in India, it has a dynamic, fast-growing economy and we’re anticipating a huge growth in demand for international travel from the region. We know both our customers and people love travelling to India and we have a rich history in the destination. Next year marks 25 years of operations and the first time that we’ll offer more than one million seats from London Heathrow. The doubling of our Mumbai services reaffirms our strong commitment and will allow our customers to travel seamlessly throughout India and beyond, flying on one of the youngest fleets in the skies, with our signature personalised service, delivered by our amazing people.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic

Fashion, tech, and pharmaceuticals are also sectors set to benefit from the second daily flight. Virgin Atlantic highlights the additional cargo space now available on aircraft to support the movement of these plus more goods. The cargo division will offer 40 million kg of space to and from India on the five daily services, equivalent to a 336% increase compared to 2019.

Virgin further highlights its strategic partnership with Indigo, which helps facilitate onward travel to other popular Indian destinations it does not currently serve with its own aircraft. Over 800,000 customers have utilised the partnership to reach an additional 36 destinations.

A presence in India will also grow beyond just the flights, with the quadrupling of the number of Indian-based cabin crew across the summer months. Services will average at least four Indian cabin crew on each flight. The view is that this will allow customers travelling to/from the country to enjoy a more personal experience.

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