April 17, 2019

Virgin Atlantic launches new flight to London from Boston

A Virgin Atlantic airplane bound for London’s Heathrow Airport will be now leaving from Logan International Airport daily at 8:15 a.m., the company said Monday.

Virgin has a joint venture with Delta Air Lines, and the two companies now offer five nonstop daily flights to the U.K. from Boston. Three of those flights now go to Heathrow each day.

The new service, on an Airbus A330-300, allows for passengers to wake up in Boston and arrive in London by bedtime. The offering, which comes with WiFi access and meals, includes “upper class,” “premium,” “economy delight,” “classic” and “light” levels.

Thompson said Boston is Virgin’s second largest U.S. gateway to the U.K., coming behind New York.

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Virgin Atlantic service to Manchester from Boston, which has been available twice a week, will expand to three times a week starting in May. Through a Virgin Atlantic partnership with British regional airline Flybe, the Manchester destination allows travelers to connect to Paris and Amsterdam, the company said.

Separately, Delta, which has been a Virgin partner for the past five years, is launching new service to Lisbon, Portugal, and Edinburgh, Scotland, in May. Overall, Delta says it plans to offer 152 daily departures to more than 50 destinations from Logan this year, in part through joint-venture partnerships.

As of December 2018, Logan Airport saw 53,679 total international flights last year. The vast majority of flights out of Logan are domestic, totaling 339,405 flights in the same time period.

More than 17,000 people work at Logan, which is operated by the quasi-public agency Massport.