More than 20 years after starting daily nonstop flights to Manchester, United Kingdom, from Atlanta, Delta Air Lines Inc. will turn over the route to its new joint venture parter, Virgin Atlantic.
The announcement came as part of the partners’ broader plans to expand service between London and 10 markets around the United States, the newest pairings being separate flights from New York-JFK and Newark Liberty to Heathrow Airport.
On Oct. 26, Virgin will begin service to Atlanta from London, taking over one of Delta’s three daily flights between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Heathrow. A delegation is planning to join the inaugural flight. The Atlanta Falcons play a regular season game against the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium on that same day.
Virgin’s Richard Branson recently visited Atlanta for Delta’s corporate leadership meeting, stirring up laughter – and a lot of social media chatter – by spontaneously cutting off Delta CEO Richard Anderson’s tie on stage in a bid to get his buttoned-down counterpart to loosen up. The next day, Mr. Anderson wore a bowtie. Read more here.