Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will resume its India operations, under the air bubble arrangement between the UK and Indian government.
The carrier plans to operate three flights a week from Delhi to London Heathrow, starting from September 2, and four flights a week from Mumbai to London, September 17 onwards. Both the destinations will offer connections to New York JFK and will operate on 787-9 Dreamliner.
Flight schedule (Subject to approvals):
|Flight No.||Departure||Arrival||Time of Departure||Time of Arrival||Frequency|
|VS 302||London Heathrow||Delhi||1055||2355||Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday|
|VS 303||Delhi||London Heathrow||0200||0645||Wednesday, Friday and Sunday|
|VS 354||London Heathrow||Mumbai||1030||0005 (+1)||Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday|
|VS 355||Mumbai||London Heathrow||0215||0700||Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday|
Virgin Atlantic will operate temporarily from Terminal 2 at Heathrow.
Alex McEwan, commercial manager India, Virgin Atlantic said:
“This year marks 20 years of flying between UK and India and we are delighted to resume our passenger services to this beautiful country. We know many of our customers will be excited to reunite with friends and family and we are looking forward to welcoming them onboard, taking to the skies safely in true Virgin Atlantic style.
“The health and wellbeing of our customers and crew remain our number one priority and our teams have been working tirelessly to implement new measures and evolve our experience so customers can feel confident to book and fly with us.
“This includes social distancing at the airport and onboard wherever possible, meticulous cleaning of the aircraft and individual health packs for all customers, containing medical-grade face masks, hand sanitiser and surface wipes.”
The airline will offer a simplified hot food service in all cabins. Economy and premium economy customers will get ‘Fly safe, eat well’ meal box, which comes with a choice of two hot meals, cheese and biscuits and a dessert pot washed down with a choice of wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water.
Upper class customers will receive a choice of three hot meals, desserts, including cheese and biscuits and a ciabatta roll. All customers will receive a second meal service which, on day flights from the UK, includes the Mile High Tea in collaboration with celebrity pâtissier Eric Lanlard.
Further details on the safety measures can be viewed here.