Virgin Atlantic will launch London Heathrow to Las Vegas flights from March 31, 2019, moving the flight it currently operates from London Gatwick to its Terminal 3 Heathrow hub.
The existing Gatwick flight is with a B747. The new flights will be operated by a B787-9 aircraft which is an overall capacity drop (eg: there are fewer seats on the B787), but there are more premium seats. Virgin says it has seen a growing demand from corporate travellers as Vegas is one of the largest conference centres in the world. The airline ran a successful trial last year where two flights from Heathrow took tech professionals to CES in Vegas.
The B787-9 has 31 Upper Class seats, 35 Premium seats and 192 economy seats, with flights departing London at 12:40pm, and Las Vegas at 19:05. The new flights go on sale from Saturday May 19, 2018 with prices starting from £369 per person.
Virgin Atlantic is also adding a second daily Boston service, and bringing back seasonal flights to Barbados. The new Boston service will be operated by an Airbus A330-300. The flights depart London Heathrow at 20:30, and Boston at 08:30 with fares starting from £313.
Seasonal flights between London Heathrow and Barbados will operate between December 11, 2018 and February 19, 2019 with fares start from £554.
The new flights means that the additional Los Angeles service (the third daily service) introduced last year will be dropped.
Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer for Virgin Atlantic, said: “From spring 2019 we’re making it even easier for customers to travel from London Heathrow to Las Vegas and Boston by introducing new flights. The new services have been timed to offer convenient onward connections for UK and US customers, and feature our award winning service, a three course meal and inflight entertainment on every flight. We’re also pleased to bring back our popular seasonal service between London Heathrow and Barbados to offer even more choice for holidaymakers.”