Virgin Atlantic announces biggest ever season of flying from Manchester for 2018

Virgin Atlantic has announced its biggest ever season of flying from Manchester Airport, with nearly 40,000 extra seat available to book in 2018.

Flights to both New York JFK and Atlanta have been upgraded and will now be operated by both the A330 and the leargest aircraft in Virgin Atlantic’s fleet, the Boeing 747, which has a huge 455 seats per aircraft. In total, the airline will offer more than 350,000 direct seats between Manchester and the US – all of which include complementary food and drink on board, and access to WiFi.

You can now fly to seven US and Caribbean destinations direct from Manchester with Virgin Atlantic, including the trio of new routes launches this year to San Francisco, Boston and New York. Plus there are more than 200 destinations that you can reach with an easy one-stop connection including Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa and Cancun, thanks to the airline’s partnership with Delta Air Lines.

Virgin Atlantic plane air shot

“2017 was a landmark year for Virgin Atlantic in Manchester, as we launched our hat-trick of new routes and coined the phrase ‘ManFran’ when we introduced the city’s first flight to San Francisco,” Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s chief commercial officer, said. “We’re delighted to see that customers in the North West are enjoying our unique flying experience, and 2018 is set to be even better with the introduction of an improved schedule which provides more seats on the most popular services, and will see more of our iconic 747s aircraft and a fully Wi-Fi connected fleet.”

Stephen Turner, commercial director at Manchester Airport, added: “To see Virgin Atlantic increase capacity on two of its most popular routes is incredibly pleasing and something which our passengers will welcome I am sure.

“The airline has an excellent selection of routes across America from the UK’s global gateway in the North, which as well as offering great holiday destinations, has also unlocked a wealth of economic opportunities for the region, most notable the carrier’s San Francisco service.”

Find out more about Virgin Atlantic’s recent installation of WiFi technology on board its full fleet of aircraft and head to the Virgin Atlantic website to book your flight from Manchester now.


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