Virgin Atlantic Will Fly To Tel Aviv Starting In September!

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Globes is reporting that Virgin Atlantic will begin service between London/LHR and Tel Aviv on 9/25/19. This has been rumored ever since it was announced last June that Shai Weiss, an Israeli, would become CEO of Virgin Atlantic. He began the new job last month.

Heathrow to Tel Aviv already sees 4 daily widebodies between British Airways and El Al and there is lots of competition from other London area airports, but Virgin clearly sees the opportunity here.

Connections will be available from many US cities to Tel Aviv via their London hub and lie-flat seats will be available in business class on both legs.

London-Tel Aviv will be the shortest flight in the Virign Atlantic network.

You can transfer miles from AMEX, Chase, Citibank, or Marriott to Virgin Atlantic, though they do collect fuel surcharges on award tickets for their own flights. However there are often transfer bonuses from AMEX and Citibank to Virgin Atlantic and they Virgin Atlantic also has award sales that may make this a worthwhile redemption, so stay tuned for those.

HT: Yonah, via DDF


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jay

when can we start to book? not showing yet tlv as a destination

YOCZ23

this will help the sukkot Monopoly

DiamondW

Who exactly has a monopoly now?!

YOCZ23

all major routes including London are all highly priced for the travel times needed.

Joel rosenberg

Did they post which aircraft they will use on the route its either A330 A340 A350 787

dave

I thought they don’t collect fuel surcharge when you redeem for domestic Delta award tickets?

sam

Thank you dan
how does their redemption chart look like ?

Chaim F

Will they have low cost fares to Israel?

chinagel

Will DL charge fuel surcharges for these flights?

Steven Silverstein

This was reported by Globes back in December 2018, though. With the details about the Eurovision flight, the September introduction of the Tel Aviv route, etc.
https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-virgin-atlantic-plans-tel-aviv-london-flights-report-1001266134

weiss

what will be the amount of miles from usa/london to tlv ?

Yanki

Dan,
You say they will be flying out of their hub in London. Is that going to be all in terminal 3 heathrow, or must you switch terminals, which is a major hassle in Heathrow, since it is a very inconvenient airport for stopovers.

Travel Hacking Tutor

Most likely 10k eco, 17.5k prem eco, 37.5k upper as these are the DXB rates, though with the distance being less…

Marilyn Grossman

Have they posted fares yet?

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