Effective as of Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Delta Air Lines will operate exclusively with Virgin Atlantic Airways from Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport — which is one of the airports that serves the greater London metropolitan area — in order to enhance seamless service for passengers of both airlines on flight routes between the United Kingdom and the United States.
Delta Air Lines To Operate With Virgin Atlantic At Terminal 3 At Heathrow
The move of Delta Air Lines from Terminal 4 — where the airline currently operates flights to Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia — will consolidate its operations with the flights to New York, Boston and Seattle which already operate out of Terminal 3, totaling 11 daily nonstop flights to eight cities in the United States from Terminal 3.
Additionally, the move is designed to help customers better manage their travel plans — such as during irregular operations or changes at the last minute as two of many examples.
“Our joint venture with Virgin Atlantic is all about making it easy for our customers to connect between our airlines and having our Heathrow service under one roof is crucial to delivering a synched-up, more convenient service,” said Nat Pieper, who is the senior vice president of the operations of Delta Air Lines in Europe, Middle East and Africa, according to this article written by Debbie Egerton for Delta News Hub. “This enhances the travel experience for customers flying from Heathrow, one of the world’s most important international gateways, and marks a major milestone in our joint venture.”
Delta Air Lines has owned a stake of 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic Airways since June of 2013, according to this article which was posted at Delta News Hub.
In addition to London, Delta Air Lines has been spending billions of dollars — yes, billions with a B — upgrading and consolidating its operations at such airports as in New York and Los Angeles.
Zorks who travel to those eight airports in the United States — perhaps on the way to Las Vegas — from Heathrow Airport may find the consolidation of the operations of Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways to be a more convenient travel experience overall — but you will have to wait until next month to find out whether or not that will be true.
Source: Delta Air Lines.