Virgin Atlantic will join SkyTeam in 2023
Virgin Atlantic has confirmed that it will join SkyTeam in early 2023.
Virgin will become SkyTeam’s first and only UK-based member airline, bolstering the alliance’s transatlantic network with services to and from Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester Airport (MAN).
Virgin Atlantic customers will enjoy a seamless customer experience to more than 1,000 global destinations, have more opportunities to earn and redeem points on member airlines, and have access to a network of more than 750 lounges. ‘airport.
Virgin Atlantic Silver cardholders will be recognized as SkyTeam Elite members, while airline Gold Card members will become Elite Plus.
Virgin Atlantic B787-9 reg: G-VYUM. Photo by Steven Howard from TravelNewsAsia.com
“Joining SkyTeam is an important step,” said Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic. “Our membership will allow us to enhance the relationships established with our valued partners at Delta and Air France-KLM, as well as open up opportunities for collaboration with new airlines. This will enable a seamless customer experience, with an extended network and maximized loyalty benefits. »
Virgin Atlantic’s entry into the alliance builds on the success of its transatlantic joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM, each already a longtime member of SkyTeam.
The four partners are located in Terminal 3 at London Heathrow, alongside current SkyTeam members Aeromexico and China Eastern, providing customers with seamless airside transits.
Virgin flies to 12 destinations across the United States in partnership with Delta and Air France-KLM, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. In May, the airline launched an all-new service to Austin, Texas, and will begin daily flights to Tampa, Florida starting in November.
The carrier also operates an extensive Caribbean portfolio including Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas; as well as services to Greater China, India, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.
Walter Cho, Chairman of SkyTeam, said: “Virgin Atlantic is synonymous with innovation and excellent service, an iconic British airline with a global vision that puts customers at the heart of its operations – like SkyTeam and its members – and we are delighted to welcome them. in our covenant.