Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said: “I am delighted we are able to offer customers in Scotland the opportunity to travel on Virgin Atlantic to Las Vegas next summer.
“It’s incredibly important to us to offer customers from all across the UK to our long haul network during peak travel periods – and now even more people can enjoy the Virgin Atlantic renowned customer experience as they travel on their holidays.”
Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s Commercial Director said: “This is fantastic news for Scottish travellers as Las Vegas is considered the entertainment capital of the world and is an extremely popular destination.
“We are very proud to have a strong brand such as Virgin Atlantic operating from Glasgow Airport. Its Florida service has grown in popularity every year since launching in 2007 and we are confident Las Vegas will prove to be equally successful.”
The route will form part of Virgin Atlantic’s Joint Venture with Delta Air Lines, with the US carrier offering the service for sale under the codeshare agreement. Customers will be able to use Delta’s services out of Las Vegas to connect onwards in the US, to Seattle for example.
Virgin Atlantic flies daily between London Gatwick and Las Vegas and twice a week between Manchester and Las Vegas. This service from Glasgow means that at peak times there will be 10 flights a week from the UK with an additional 3,600 seats to and from the US city over the season.
A Boeing 747-400 aircraft will operate this seasonal service on Thursdays in September and October. The aircraft flying to Las Vegas will be configured with 14 Upper Class seats, 66 Premium Economy seats and 375 seats in Economy. Seats will be going on sale through Virgin Holidays this week and through the airline direct from mid-October.
Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747-400 fleet are fitted with the award-winning Upper Class Suite, consisting of a reclining leather seat for take off, a place to sit and eat a proper meal opposite a travel companion, one of the longest fully flat beds in the world with a proper mattress for sleeping on, a private onboard bar to enjoy a drink with friends.
Virgin Atlantic offers a unique product for Premium Economy passengers. They can enjoy dedicated check in at all locations, priority boarding and express baggage reclaim. The Premium Economy seat offers a wider, more comfortable seat with more leg room, a pre-departure drink and a choice of liqueurs to follow dinner. Virgin Atlantic’s Economy class continues to offer passengers great value for money and includes added extras such as complimentary drinks and snacks.