Virgin Atlantic is to launch scheduled cargo-only
flights from London to Tel Aviv on 6 May.
The twice-weekly overnight service will depart
from Heathrow at 20:30 every Wednesday and Saturday, arriving back
in London from Tel Aviv at 09:20 the next morning.
Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 flights will offer
up to 35 tonnes of bellyhold cargo capacity.
The early morning arrival into London will enable
cargo customers to access quick and seamless same day transfers
for shipments to and from prime markets in New York JFK, Los
Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Johannesburg.
Virgin Atlantic introduced Tel Aviv to its
international network in September 2019 with daily flights from
Heathrow up to the outbreak of the coronavirus and the airline’s
decision to substantially reduce its flying programme.
Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin
Atlantic Cargo, said, “We are getting great support from our
customers for our cargo-only scheduled services and charters and
we’re constantly looking at opportunities to help them get the
capacity they need. Restarting cargo-only services to Tel Aviv is
another positive step for our cargo business and our customers and
follows the resumption of our Shanghai flights earlier this month.
Prior to the outbreak of COVID19, our share of the Tel Aviv
market was growing ahead of our expectations and, combined with
the connections we can offer, we expect to see positive demand
once again, especially to and from the US, Israel’s biggest
In Israel, Virgin Atlantic is represented by its
cargo general sales and service agency partner, WTA Aviation, and
cargo handler Swissport.