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NEW VIRGIN ATLANTIC SERVICE FROM BELFAST TO ORLANDO

Published: 16 July 2014

People in Northern Ireland looking for a sunny getaway next summer will now be able to fly from Belfast to Orlando on Virgin Atlantic.

The airline is expanding its existing Orlando services to help meet high demand to one of its flagship leisure destinations for customers based in Northern Ireland - and will be the only scheduled airline to fly this route.

Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said: “I am delighted we are able to offer customers in Northern Ireland the opportunity to travel on Virgin Atlantic to one of our most popular leisure destinations next summer.

“It’s incredibly important to us to offer customers from all across the UK access to our long haul network during peak travel periods – and now even more people can enjoy the Virgin Atlantic renowned customer experience as they travel on their
holidays.”

Uel Hoey, Business development Director at Belfast International Airport added: “This is one of the most exciting announcements we have had at Belfast International Airport in recent years. We are delighted that an airline with the status and reputation of Virgin Atlantic has decided to expand its network by adding Northern Ireland departures. This will be the only Virgin branded operation from the island of Ireland to an incredibly popular holiday destination and we look forward to catering for the needs of travellers across the length and breadth of the island.

“Virgin Atlantic will make their entry to the market with four peak jumbo jet services next summer and we are confident the service will enjoy phenomenal success. We very much hope, with the support of our colleagues in the local travel trade, that the launch of Belfast – Orlando will emulate the success enjoyed by Virgin since launching Glasgow – Orlando flights some years ago, a programme which now offers extensive capacity to Scottish holidaymakers throughout the entire summer holiday season.

“Virgin has an enviable global brand and this vote of confidence in Belfast International Airport and the market in Northern Ireland is a welcome boost in our efforts to attract additional airline activity and sustained growth across Northern Ireland’s air transport network.”

The route will form part of Virgin Atlantic’s Joint Venture with Delta Air Lines, with the US carrier offering the service for sale under the codeshare agreement. Customers will be able to use Delta’s services out of Orlando International Airport to connect onwards in the US, for example from Orlando to Dallas, Texas.

Virgin Atlantic offers nearly 40 return flights a week across its network to Florida and the airline’s service from Northern Ireland will add an additional 3,600 seats to and from the Sunshine State over the season.

A Boeing 747-400 aircraft will operate the seasonal service on Thursdays in June and July, commencing on 25th June 2015. The aircraft will be configured with 14 Upper Class seats, 66 Premium Economy seats and 375 seats in Economy. Seats will be going on sale this week through Virgin Holidays and through Virgin Atlantic from the 25th July.

Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747-400 fleet are fitted with the award-winning Upper Class Suite, consisting of a reclining leather seat for take off, a place to sit and eat a proper meal opposite a travel companion, one of the longest fully flat beds in the world with a proper mattress for sleeping on, a private onboard bar to enjoy a drink with friends.

Virgin Atlantic offers a unique product for Premium Economy passengers. They can enjoy dedicated check in at all locations, priority boarding and express baggage reclaim. The Premium Economy seat offers a wider, more comfortable seat with more leg room, a pre-departure drink and a choice of liqueurs to follow dinner. Virgin Atlantic’s Economy class continues to offer passengers great value for money and includes added extras such as complimentary drinks and snacks.

To book a flight with Virgin Atlantic, log onto www.virginatlantic.com

or call 0844 2092 770.

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