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The best is yet to come, say Virgin and Delta

[ February 7, 2019   //   ]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo are promising customers more choice, reach, and greater automation when they celebrated the fifth anniversary of their trans-Atlantic joint venture partnership.
The said that they had already made a 20% increase in the number of services since the joint venture began, with 74 daily flights serving 28 routes between the UK and US, between them carrying over a quarter of total trans-Atlantic air cargo volumes.
The two carriers are due to move their cargo operations into a new warehouse at London Heathrow later in the year and Delta is adding a new nonstop service from Edinburgh to Boston. Virgin Atlantic has scheduled an additional daily flight to Boston from Heathrow and is adding a new nonstop service from Manchester to Los Angeles and increased frequencies to Las Vegas, Boston and New York.
Delta’s vice president-cargo, Shawn Cole (left), said: “Our long-term cargo strategy is to build an unmatched trans-Atlantic partnership with our joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic. We are focused on finding ways to work more closely, collaborate and share information – ensuring we are doing all we can to support our customers on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, Dominic Kennedy, (right) commented: “We are very excited about what more we can achieve as a cargo JV and have been inspired by the great relationship and mutual respect between our cargo teams. Our partnership benefits and strengthens our respective cargo businesses, leverages the best of both airlines, and, ultimately, will continue to offer new opportunities for our customers as we move forward together.”