Monday 23 April 2007, Virgin Atlantic Airways will launch daily flights between London
Heathrow and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The airline is
also to launch a second daily service between London Heathrow and Washington for the summer season from 24
Chicago, which becomes Virgin Atlantic's 28th destination worldwide, will
be the airline's tenth US gateway. 1.86 million travelers flew between London Heathrow and Chicago last year, making the US city the third busiest
destination from London for long-haul travellers after New York’s JFK and
Virgin Atlantic's capacity to the United States will increase by around 15%
with the daily Chicago and second daily Washington services,
demonstrating the airline's strong commitment to the US market and the enormous
popularity of these transatlantic routes.
Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic
said, “We can't wait to fly to Chicago, the third biggest destination to the US from
London, with nearly 2 million passengers travelling between the two cities each year. With its mix of business hotels
and conference centres, and extensive festivals and events, Chicago is the ideal location for our business and leisure
Flight VS039 will depart London Heathrow at 11.15 and arrive into Chicago
O’Hare International Airport at 14.10. Flight VS040 will depart Chicago at
18.00 and arrive into London Heathrow at 08.00 the following morning.
Services will be operated by an Airbus A340-300, which will be configured
with 34 Upper Class Suites, 35 Premium Economy seats and 171 Economy seats.
Flight VS055, the second daily service, will depart London Heathrow at
17.30 and arrive into Washington Dulles Airport at 20.55. Flight VS056 will depart Washington at 23.10 and arrive into Heathrow at 11.35.
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