Virgin Atlantic’s new flying programme for
summer 2020 will give cargo customers more capacity on prime
routes to India, Africa and the United States.
The new schedule will see the introduction of a
second daily Boeing 787 service to Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport,
commencing on 29 March 2020, departing from Heathrow in the morning
and complementing the airline’s current evening departure.
the additional daily flight to Delhi, alongside newly-launched
daily Mumbai service which commenced last month, summer 2020 will
see Virgin Atlantic Cargo offer more choice to India than ever
before to support its thriving import and export markets.
India shipped US$323.1 billion worth of products
around the globe in 2018, up 9.2% year-on-year, with the US and
UK markets accounting for $51.6bn and $9.8bn of its exports
Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 services offer up to
26 tonnes of cargo capacity on every flight, which from India
includes high volumes of perishables, pharmaceuticals and courier
Transatlantic customers – including those with
high volumes of e-commerce traffic – will gain from the
launch of an additional weekly service to San Francisco, departing
every Friday, providing a choice of twice-daily flights between
Heathrow and the Golden Gate City.
Cargo customers will also benefit from
Johannesburg becoming the first non-US route to debut Virgin
Atlantic’s brand new A350 aircraft, with a daily service from
March 2020. The aircraft is already significantly boosting cargo
capacity on its current routing between London and New York, with
its next services earmarked for Los Angeles, followed by San
Francisco and Lagos.
By August, Virgin Atlantic’s A350 aircraft will
fly to five destinations across its network and all its flights to
Africa will be on the new aircraft. This fantastic cargo aircraft
will be debuted as follows:
- Johannesburg will debut the A350 with a daily
service from March 2020;
- From April 2020, the A350 will fly daily to
- There will be a daily A350 service to San
Francisco from May 2020; and
- There will be a daily A350 service to Lagos
from August 2020.
Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin
Atlantic Cargo, said, “These new routes and frequencies for
summer 2020 are great news for our cargo customers. India, South
Africa and Nigeria are very important and growing routes for our
cargo business, so our commitment to offer more capacity
connecting customers in these countries to their prime UK and US
markets will help to open up opportunities for more import and