Hong Kong will gain yet another link with London Heathrow this autumn. On the heels of Air New Zealand's new service (starting on October 29) Virgin Atlantic will add a further three flights a week with Airbus A340-300s from November 1, and from February 1, 2007 the second service will be stepped up to a daily frequency.
Virgin's existing Hong Kong service VS200 on a A340-600 departs Heathrow 2230 arriving 1750 the next day, while the inbound VS201 departs 2325 to arrive 0525. The new flight VS328 will depart Heathrow at 2035 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to arrive in Hong Kong at 1705 the next day. The inbound service VS329 leaves Hong Kong at 0120 arriving at Heathrow the same morning at 0710.
This route is reputed to be Virgin's busiest (in terms of passenger occupancy) as the carrier's existing daily A340-600 service continues to Sydney.
The addition of this new service (and Air New Zealand's arrival on this route on October 29) means that passengers flying from London to Hong Kong will have a choice of up to 11 daily flights from this autumn operated by five different carriers.
Virgin Atlantic is expected to have promotions to launch the extra flights. Check nearer the time when booking.
For more information go to virgin-atlantic.com
Report by Alex McWhirter