Virgin Atlantic adds new routes as it looks to bolster winter sun options

Virgin Atlantic (Image: Max Thrust Digital)
Virgin Atlantic (Image: Max Thrust Digital)

Virgin Atlantic (VS/VIR) has announced the return of Dubai to its network for the first time since 2019 as it looks to bolster its options for those seeking winter sun destinations.

The destination willl be served four times per week from London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) from the 28th October through to March and operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offering 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy seats.

Speaking about the return of Dubai as a destination Rikke Christensen, Vice President of Network & Alliances at Virgin Atlantic, said; “I’m thrilled to be returning to Dubai – a destination we know our customers and people love.  Its inviting climate during the cold UK winter, combined with its first-class collection of hotels and experiences make Dubai a must visit destination for sunshine hungry Brits. 

“We’ve long wanted to return to this incredible city when the time was right, and this year presents the perfect opportunity.”

Dubai (Image by Hans-Jürgen Schmidt)

In addition to Dubai, flights to the Maldives and Turks and Caicos also return this winter from London Heathrow.

The airline is also expanding its network from Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC) with the addition of Las Vegas from Summer 2024 which will be operated by an Airbus A350-1000, one of the Virgins newest aircraft. The A350 offers 16 Upper Class, 56 Premium, and 325 Economy seats.

First Virgin A350-1000XWB G-VLUX (Image: Virgin Atlantic)
First Virgin A350-1000XWB G-VLUX (Image: Virgin Atlantic)

The Airbus A350 also includes Virgin Atlantic’s airline’s unique social space The Booth. An area, designed for Upper Class passengers, is perfect for travellers to enjoy afternoon tea together, a spot of wine tasting or simply catching up as they cross the Atlantic. 

Mr Christensen added: “Dubai will complement our growing collection of winter sun destinations, bolstered by The Maldives and Turks and Caicos later this year alongside our new services between Manchester and Las Vegas in Summer 2024 and the soon to commence inter-Caribbean flights. I’m looking forward to welcoming our customers back to this vibrant, exciting destination once more.”

Virgin Atlantic Dubai Flight Times

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Last Served 2019.
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Nick is the senior reporter and editor at UK Aviation News as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in the UK but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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