Transatlantic joint venture partners Delta and Virgin Atlantic have announced plans for new nonstop routes from Gatwick to Boston and New York JFK.

The flights are set to commence in summer 2020, and full schedules and fares will not be released until later this year. It’s also not clear whether the routes will be served by Delta or Virgin aircraft, or a mixture of the two.

Norwegian currently offers flights from Gatwick to both Boston and JFK, while British Airways serves the Gatwick-JFK route. US low-cost carrier Jetblue has also been considering plans to launch flights to London.

In addition Delta is to introduced refurbished B767-400 aircraft onto its routes from New York JFK and Boston to London Heathrow from November, offering a four-class Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin layout.

Commenting on the news Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President – transatlantic said:

“Delta once again shows that we are able to connect Boston and New York to the world through an unmatched global network paired with our award-winning service, industry-leading reliability, and an enhanced customer experience both in the air and on the ground.

“These new services will offer even more ways for our customers on both sides of the Atlantic to experience the products and services that set Delta and its partners apart while traveling to the destinations they value most.”,