Flying Co news
High tea anyone?
Get your pinky fingers ready - Virgin Atlantic has teamed up with master pâtissier Eric Lanlard to create a bespoke series of delicious afternoon teas.
Our Heathrow Clubhouse is now serving Eric’s award-winning creations daily between 3pm and 5pm. Will you choose a classic pot of tea with scone, jam and cream? Or select a chilled Lanson rose champagne with a smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill mint mini croissant?
Virgin Atlantic travellers can also indulge in the afternoon treat onboard by late Summer, when it’s available across Upper Class, Premium and Economy flights. The 38,000ft high tea will feature handmade sandwiches, scones and an assortment of macarons.
Book your next flight to sample the tasty treat
New routes from London Heathrow
We’re thrilled to announce our new route from London Heathrow to Las Vegas on board the Boeing 747, launching 31 March 2019. Flights have been timed with easy onward connections in mind, departing Heathrow at 12.40 and Las Vegas at 19.05.
We’ve added a second daily service to Boston too, leaving Heathrow at 20.30 and Boston at 08.30, again, great timing for onward travel.
Our final exciting update is the re-introduction of the seasonal direct flights to Barbados. Operating from 11 December 2018 to 19 February 2019.
Call 0344 4122 415 or book online
A brand new look for Delta employees around the world has taken off!
Created by acclaimed designer Zac Posen, the uniform elevates Delta from the look of a traditional U.S. carrier by introducing glamour, sophistication and a whole new colour scheme.
Check out Delta’s glamourous designs on the airline’s flights from Heathrow, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Fly more from Manchester
Virgin Atlantic is introducing even more US flights from our Manchester hub. From 22 May 2019 we’re offering a new direct route to Los Angeles, operating three times a week. We’re also increasing our Boston service to three times a week as of 22 May 2019 and doubling our flights to Las Vegas from 31 March 2019.
In fact, 2019 will be our biggest year ever flying from Manchester, with up to six US departures daily. This means even more travellers from the North West can enjoy one-stop connections to over 200 US destinations, courtesy of our partnership with Delta Air Lines®.
Book your flight online or 0344 4122 415
Remember to link all your employees to earn more miles!
With your Flying Co account, not only will your business be rewarded, but the travellers themselves will be too. To ensure your company is earning those miles, the travellers’ personal Flying Club number must be linked to each booking made. To link your employees to your Flying Co account, we’ll just need their full name and their Flying Club membership number.
Just call us on 0344 412 2415 or email the team firstname.lastname@example.org and we can do this for you, or ask your travel management company if you have one.
More perks with Flying Co
You’ve done the travelling. You’ve earned the miles. Now enjoy the rewards!
Flying Co rewards can be exchanged from just 10,000 miles, entitling you or a deserving employee to a Clubhouse invite or upgrade.
Miles can really boost your travel budget: Eurostar tickets are yours from 12,500 miles; chauffeur driven car transfers from 17,500; Economy reward flights from 20,000 miles and Premium reward flights from 35,000 miles. You can find out more about how to enjoy your miles – and make your budget go further – by visiting the Flying Co spend miles page here.
Three new ways to fly
All our new Economy services include delicious food, entertainment and intuitive service. Your travellers can enjoy a three course meal, drinks and tempting snacks throughout. There’s over 300 hours of fantastic inflight entertainment, while inseat power keeps devices charged and WiFi* is perfect for staying on top of business.
Economy Light - Hand luggage only and seat allocation**.
Economy Classic – Take a 23kg bag and choose their seat for free.
Economy Delight – Customers benefit from Premium Check In and priority boarding, a 23kg checked bag, choosing their extra legroom seat for free and priority overhead storage.
Our new Flying Ladies
Four new Airbus A330-200 have joined our fleet this year. Daydream Believer, Scarlett O’Hara, Strawberry Fields and Honky Tonk Woman will be flying select routes from Manchester and Gatwick.
The 287 seater Airbus A330-200 are fully WiFi enabled. They offer a choice of 19 fully flat beds in Upper Class, 40 extra leg room economy seats, and 228 economy seats – all with Zodiac inflight entertainment showing over 600 hours of films, TV shows and music.
The unique Upper Class cabin introduces three new seat styles for Virgin Atlantic customers to choose from - the Love Suite, the Freedom Solo Suite, and the Corner Solo Suite – all with direct aisle access.
The A330-200s will be fitted with Virgin Atlantic’s Premium cabin towards the end of 2018, featuring the signature Wonder Wall.
More South Africa, more often
We’re thrilled to announce a second daily service between London Heathrow and Johannesburg. The new flights are on sale now, and will take to the skies from 28 October 2018. They’ll be operated by our fabulous Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with our latest cabin interiors and inflight entertainment, as well as WiFi on every flight.
The additional daily flight will depart London Heathrow at 4.45pm and land into Johannesburg at 5.40am local time. The service will be the first Heathrow flight to land each morning, making it perfect for business travellers or those with onward connections to the rest of Africa. The return flight will leave Johannesburg at 10.20pm, landing back into Heathrow at 7.30am – so travellers can easily connect onto flights with both Virgin Atlantic and Delta to over 200 US destinations.
Delta leads the way with bag tracking
Our partners at Delta have rolled out a new industry-leading service. This new innovation allows your travellers to keep track of their checked bags on its flights between London Heathrow and the United States via their mobile phones.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) bag tags are added to all checked luggage which are read by RFID antennas at various points along the journey. Your travellers will receive real-time updates via the Fly Delta app on their luggage, from check in to the arrival carousel.
In addition to live updates, customers can also access a map view of their bag’s journey when travelling in the United States through the app.
You’re wanted down under. New codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia
Imagine flying from the UK to Australia on Virgin branded airlines? Well, from the end of January your travellers can – in one booking, with a single check in and bag drop.
Virgin Atlantic have a new codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia, creating more fantastic travel options between the UK and Australia. Your travellers will have the opportunity to experience all the destinations they want to travel to; more seamlessly, just on our airlines, in one booking and with the ease of a single check in and bag drop.
Book and fly daily from London Heathrow to Melbourne, via Hong Kong or Los Angeles, then connect onto a Virgin Australia flight straight to Melbourne. And as part of the codeshare deal, there are connections from LA to Sydney and Brisbane too.
There will be up to three daily flights between London Heathrow and Los Angeles and a daily flight to Hong Kong, creating the most flexible travel options to Australia than ever before. Plus, we fly the 787 Dreamliner on both routes offering your customers a faster flight and an incredible onboard experience. There’s extra headroom, dimmable windows, dynamic lighting and cleaner air for a more refreshing journey.
The codeshare will also open up more domestic routes across Australia; so travellers can easily add Virgin Australia flights to or from eight cities including Cairns, Brisbane and Perth. Also, Virgin Australia operates 18 flights a week between Australia and Los Angeles on its 777s and a daily flight between Australia and Hong Kong.
We’re reaching new heights in Manchester
Things have just reached new heights. We have nearly 40,000 more seats available to book this year on flights from Manchester to top global destinations. We now fly to seven US and Caribbean destinations direct from Manchester, including our newest routes; San Francisco, Boston and New York.
And there are easy one stop connections to over 200 destinations including Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa and Cancun with our joint venture partner Delta via Atlanta and New York JFK.
Atlanta and Detroit by A330
Flying just got bigger and better with Delta’s new A330s. They have more seats and offer a better onboard experience for flights between London Heathrow and New York JFK, Atlanta and Detroit.
Experience Delta’s A330s
- 34 fully flatbed seats in Delta One® are arranged in a 'herringbone' configuration with individual aisle access.
- Customisable TUMI amenity kits in Delta One, plus a sleep kit with travel essentials for travellers in the Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+®.
- Chef-curated meal options, featuring locally sourced ingredients and regionally inspired meals in the Main cabin, served with complimentary drinks.
- Complimentary inflight entertainment with Delta Studio® at every seat, with over 1,000 hours of TV, music and games and high speed WiFi available for a fee.
- Free inflight messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
Also from 25 March, we will offer travellers conveniently timed schedules with eight daily flights between Heathrow and New York JFK; with Virgin Atlantic flying six times daily and Delta flying twice daily.
Getting a good night’s sleep
Most people struggle to get just forty winks when flying, which means they can be less alert and productive during their business trip due to jet lag. So, Virgin Atlantic has been working with experts at The Sleep Council to combine airline industry tips and professional advice to help travellers drift off to sleep at 38,000ft.
Pop the Prosecco on your next Delta flight
Complimentary sparkling wine now is being served in the Main Cabin on Delta® international flights.
Every flight can now be a special occasion as Delta customers raise a glass of Prosecco to toast the start of their journey after the airline introduced the Italian favourite in the Main Cabin.
Customers have long had a choice of complimentary beer, white and red wines plus spirits throughout the aircraft but the introduction of Avissi Prosecco elevates Delta’s in-flight offering even higher. The popular fizz is now available on all international flights and continues Delta’s focus on providing a premium on-board food and beverage offering.
Expanded joint venture with Air France-KLM
Virgin Atlantic in partnership with Delta is already the number one rated transatlantic joint venture for customer satisfaction, but we have just announced a planned extension to our network with a four way joint venture with Air France-KLM in 18 months time.
The long term joint venture means your travellers will have an even bigger opportunity to travel from the UK and Europe to more of the US and the rest of the world for business and at competitive prices. And what’s even better, is that they’ll benefit from convenient flight schedules and reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including earning and burning miles across all four airlines. Some of the benefits would also include co-location at key international airports for easier, seamless connections and access to luxurious airport lounges.
Experience a ‘first ever’
With WiFi now across our entire fleet, your travellers can effortlessly work on a big presentation, catch up on emails or make calls mid air. We’re the first ever European airline to do this and with Delta, we’re the only transatlantic airline partnership to offer a fully connected WiFi service.
Clubhouse Invites for only 10, 000 Flying Co miles
Let your travellers unwind from the day or continue working in the quiet and comfort of our Clubhouses. Exclusively available to Flying Co members, your travellers will be all set for a good trip with an invite to our Clubhouses. You'll just need 10,000 miles per invite, and they are now available at all our Clubhouses including Johannesburg, San Francisco and Boston. Find out more.
Your online statement - is here
We are pleased to let you know that you can now view your account statement online. You can view how many Flying Co miles your travellers have earned and view your most recent transactions in your company's Flying Co account, filter by date or description, and sort on any column. This helpful tool will allow you to make sure that no opportunity to be rewarded is missed as you review miles that have been earned and spent with us or one of our many Flying Co partners.
Logging in for the first time - setting up a password
When logging in for the first time you will need to set up a new password.
To do this, click the 'New User or Forgotten Details?' on the login screen and follow the instructions. You will be asked to enter your email address, this needs to be the one that is linked to your Flying Co account. You will then be sent a temporary password via email which will last for 2 hours.
You can use your temporary password to login and change your password to something more memorable during this time. You can then login as usual using your Flying Co number and new password.
Should you have any questions about your account, please call your dedicated Flying Co team on 0344 412 2415 or email email@example.com.
Virgin Atlantic wins Best European airline
Virgin Atlantic is delighted to announce that it has been awarded “Best European long haul airline” by Airlineratings.com in its top 10 best airlines to fly with in 2017. According to Mr. Thomas, the editor-in-chief of airlineratings.com: “Virgin Atlantic has a rich history in pioneering long haul travel and new aircraft designs”.
Introducing the upgrade waitlist: it makes getting your travellers’ reward seats easier.
Have you ever wanted to use Flying Co miles for an upgrade but our Premium or Upper Class cabin was full? Our new waitlist service is a brilliant tool to help grab you a seat if one becomes available.
Add your travellers to a waitlist when there are no seats available to upgrade using miles. If a seat becomes available our system automatically assigns it to the first person on the list.
We’ll contact your Flying Co account administrator to share the good news.
To add your travellers names to the list just give us a call 0344 412 2415.