Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are celebrating 10 years of joint venture partnership since the two carriers joined forces in 2014.
The partnership has grown stronger through the expanded joint venture with Air France-KLM launched in 2020, forming a leading joint venture across the Atlantic.
Since the partnership launched, the two global airline brands have grown their shared network, adding more routes and flights between the UK and in the US and transporting nearly 40 million customers seamlessly across the Atlantic between the two countries.
“Since we brought together our two iconic brands, the partnership has gone from strength to strength thanks to a shared focus on customer service and making flying fun,” said Matteo Curcio, Delta’s SVP-EMEAI.
“Back in 2014, the partnership deal was a game changer for Delta enabling us to up competition on the most popular business routes between London Heathrow and the US, offering customers greater choice, while providing Virgin Atlantic unparalleled access to Delta’s network across North America.”
The airlines now operate a joint daily schedule of up to 86 daily nonstop flights in both directions between the UK and the US – nearly 40% more than in 2014 – including up to 34 peak-day departures from London Heathrow to 15 US gateways.
Additionally, Virgin Atlantic’s move to join SkyTeam in 2023 alongside Delta and Air France-KLM further enhanced options for customers traveling across the Atlantic, enhancing consistency with SkyTeam premium services including SkyPriority, alongside greater loyalty recognition.
Ongoing investment in Delta’s U.S. hubs is creating state-of-the-art terminals at airports including LAX and New York-JFK, which will house Delta’s new premium lounges in 2024, while Delta One and Upper Class customers enjoy a world-class experience at the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Wing and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow.
“We said at the time: ‘great minds fly alike’ and that’s as true today as it was back then,” said Juha Jarvinen, EVP-Commercial for Virgin Atlantic.
“Our two award-winning airlines have flown millions of customers across the Atlantic and driven forward meaningful change in service excellence and responsible travel over the last decade to deliver the best travel experience for our customers.”