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Delta, Virgin transfer flights between Heathrow and Atlanta, LA

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Delta and Virgin Atlantic Airways will transfer operations for nonstop flights connecting London-Heathrow to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Starting Oct. 26, Delta will operate one of two daily Heathrow-Los Angeles flights currently operated by Virgin Atlantic. Concurrently, Virgin Atlantic will begin operating one of Delta’s three daily flights between Heathrow and Atlanta.

“It’s great to see how our partnership with Delta is already proving fruitful to our customers,” Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement. “In less than a year we will have co-located key business routes, delivered schedule changes to benefit our customers and provided enhanced experiences to our frequent fliers, who gain from reciprocal lounge access and the ability to earn and burn across both carriers. This is just the beginning of demonstrating how a true joint venture between airlines should be operated to benefit customers.”

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