ATLANTA and LONDON, Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines [NYSE: DAL] will operate exclusively from London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3, effective September 14, 2016. Delta and Virgin Atlantic will now operate from the same terminal making it easier for customers to manage their travel plans including any last-minute flight changes.
Delta will transfer its Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia flights from Terminal 4 to join its services to New York-JFK, Boston and Seattle that already operate from Terminal 3.
"Our joint venture with Virgin Atlantic is all about making it easy for our customers to connect between our airlines and having our Heathrow service under one roof is crucial to delivering a synched-up, more convenient service," said Nat Pieper, Delta's Senior Vice President – Europe, Middle East and Africa. "This enhances the travel experience for customers flying from Heathrow, one of the world's most important international gateways, and marks a major milestone in our joint venture."
In total, Delta will operate 11 daily flights to eight U.S. cities nonstop from Terminal 3. The two airlines' summer schedule includes up to 40 daily nonstop flights between North America and the U.K., of which, 28 operate between London Heathrow and the U.S.
Erik Varwijk, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Virgin Atlantic, said: "We are looking forward to our joint venture partner, Delta, joining us in Terminal 3 at London Heathrow. Once the switch goes ahead, our customers can enjoy an even more seamless experience flying from or through London. Whether they're flying Virgin Atlantic or Delta, they'll benefit from world-class service from the most punctual trans-Atlantic operators at Heathrow, and one of the world's best airport experiences."
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 335 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines