Virgin Atlantic and British Airways celebrate the lifting of travel restrictions between the UK and US with historic first-ever dual take-off between London Heathrow and New York JFK.
As the US reopened its borders on 8th November for the first time since 16th March 2020 – a pivotal moment for the travel industry – both airlines came together with a unique show of unity; a dual take-off of their first flights from Heathrow to New York.
Taking to the skies in a synchronised departure on parallel runways at Heathrow, both flights left London Heathrow at 8:30am on Monday 8th November.
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Commenting on the historic moment, Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive Shai Weiss said:
“Today is a time for celebration, not rivalry. Together with British Airways we are delighted to mark today’s important milestone, which finally allows consumers and businesses to book travel with confidence. The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years and we are simply not Virgin without the Atlantic. We’ve been steadily ramping up flying to destinations including Boston, New York, Orlando, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and we can’t wait to fly our customers safely to their favourite US cities to reconnect with loved ones and colleagues.”
Sean Doyle, British Airways CEO added:
“After more than 600 days of separation, today is our moment to celebrate the UK-US reopening. We’re setting aside rivalry and for the first time ever, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic aircraft will be seen taking-off together to mark the vital importance of the transatlantic corridor.
“Transatlantic connectivity is vital for the UK’s economic recovery, which is why we’ve been calling for the safe reopening of the UK-US travel corridor for such a long time. We must now look forward with optimism, get trade and tourism back on track and allow friends and families to connect once again.”