From one Olympic host city to another: Virgin Atlantic’s chairman and founder Sir Richard Branson was joined by Amy Williams, British Olympic Gold medallist from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, on the inaugural flight from this year’s Olympic host city, London. A press conference was then held by Julie Southern, Virgin Atlantic’s CCO, Sir Richard, and Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia. (Photos: Craig Hodge)
- Virgin Atlantic returned to the Canadian market on 24 May when the British long-haul airline launched four weekly flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Vancouver (YVR) on Canada’s Pacific coast. Flights operate seasonally on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with 240-seat A340-300 aircraft until the end of the summer scheduling season, competing with British Airways’ 12 flights a week and Air Canada’s daily operations. Larry Berg, President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “We have been working for years to bring this world-class carrier to Vancouver to offer passengers more choice and satisfy the high demand for flights to the U.K., particularly during the busy summer season.” Edmond Rose, Virgin Atlantic’s Director of Commercial and Revenue Planning, added: “We’ve had lots of customers asking us to fly to Vancouver over the years, so we’re delighted to launch this new route in response to customer demand. The UK has the largest number of overseas visitors to British Columbia each year so it is a natural addition to our route network.” In 2001, Virgin Atlantic briefly served Toronto in Canada.