Virgin Atlantic abandons Tokyo and Cape Town for more US flights
Virgin Atlantic is ditching its flights to Tokyo, Cape Town, Vancouver, and Mumbai; instead doubling down on its US service.
Instead, Virgin will fly daily to Detroit, as well as providing additional flights to Los Angeles and New York; all out of Heathrow.
(Virgin has been flying to Tokyo for around 25 years; to Cape Town for around 15 years; and to Vancouver for around 15 seconds.)
The Vancouver service will end on October 11 this year, the statement said, the Cape Town flights on April 26 and 27 next year, and the Tokyo and Mumbai flights on January 31 and February 1 next year.
What a shame. LHR-CPT was an awesome flight, circling around the tip of Africa to land in Cape Town in the early-morning sun.
Aside from shedding a few destinations, Virgin is implementing in-flight WiFi and installing new airport lounges for its more loyal customers.
In my experience, Virgin does not compete on price –– indeed, it’s usually more expensive than its competitors. However, Virgin understands service far better than do most other Western-Hemisphere carriers.
Flying Virgin out of the US has always been less sucky than flying with a US-based carrier. Branson’s airline is at an Asian-airline level of having its shit together. Now, if only it can turn a profit…
Virgin Atlantic is almost evenly shared between the Virgin Group and Delta Airlines. Virgin Atlantic has not been profitable for the last two years.