June 15, 2024

Virgin Atlantic expands transatlantic pact

The partnership between Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM has been officially expanded to include a raft of new customer benefits and a greater choice of routes between the two continents.

The joint venture covers 341 peak daily transatlantic services including 110 non-stop routes, offering customer benefits such as ‘earn and burn’ points across the four airlines’ loyalty programmes.

Eligible elite loyalty programme members can also benefit from priority boarding and reciprocal access to more than 100 airport lounges when travelling internationally, available from 13 February 2020.

The new partnership provides customers with more convenient flight schedules and the flexibility to book flights on any of the four carriers through their respective mobile apps and websites.

Check-in and seat selection through any of the partner airline mobile apps or websites will also be available soon.

The enhanced network is built around the carriers’ hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris, Seattle and Salt Lake City. It creates convenient non-stop or one-stop connections to every corner of North America, Europe and the UK.

Virgin Atlantic CEO, Shai Weiss, says: “Customers are at the heart of this expanded joint venture with our partners Delta, Air France and KLM, where seamless connections, a greater range of flights, unrivalled customer service and increased frequent flyer benefits will reinforce its position as the choice passengers most love to fly.

“One of the pillars of our strategy is successfully collaborating with our partners. Combining our strengths, our network, and our people allows us to achieve more together.”

Air France-KLM Group CEO, Benjamin Smith, adds: “For Air France-KLM, it also means greater access to the UK market and especially London Heathrow, the leading global travel market.”