For the first time, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will see a Virgin Atlantic plane at one of its gates.
Starting in October, Delta and Virgin Atlantic Airways will swap operations for nonstop flights connecting London-Heathrow to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. It offers more choices for the airlines' customers on key routes across the Atlantic.
It will be a codeshare on each other's nonstop services, allowing Delta and Virgin customers easy access to an expanded network.
"It's great to see how our partnership with Delta is already proving fruitful to our customers," said Craig Kreeger, Virgin Atlantic CEO. "In less than a year we will have co-located key business routes, delivered schedule changes to benefit our customers and provided enhanced experiences to our frequent fliers, who gain from reciprocal lounge access and the ability to earn and burn across both carriers. This is just the beginning of demonstrating how a true joint venture between airlines should be operated to benefit customers."
This is part of the partnership between Delta and Virgin Atlantic which began January 1, 2014.
By flying to Hartsfield-Jackson, Virgin Atlantic will now have access to Delta's Atlanta hub at the busiest airport in the world. This gives access to Virgin Atlantic customers for connecting to points throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
"From the outset we said that our partnership with Virgin Atlantic was about improving services while offering more destinations and schedule choice," said Delta President Ed Bastian. "Expanding access to London's Heathrow Airport has long been at the top of Delta's list of priorities, while Virgin Atlantic has long wanted greater access to North America. Today's announcement shows how we're delivering this shared commitment to increase connectivity on the trans-Atlantic."
Virgin Atlantic will fly an Airbus A330-300 to and from Atlanta.