Virgin Atlantic to Launch Direct Flights from Manchester to Vegas

Virgin AtlanticVirgin Atlantic Airways has announced that it will be launching direct flights from Manchester to Las Vegas from April 3, 2011. The twice-weekly service will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, using a Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The route will be Virgin Atlantic's 33rd from the UK and the carrier's third from Manchester.

The additional flights from Manchester, starting in April of 2011, will allow Virgin Atlantic to operate nine flights a week from the UK to Vegas. Since Virgin Atlantic launched flights to Las Vegas from Gatwick in June 2000, it has carried almost two million passengers on the route, which now operates daily from Gatwick.

Both the existing service and the new Manchester to Las Vegas route will be operated by a Boeing 747-400 fitted with 14 Upper Class Suites, 58 Premium Economy and 379 Economy seats. The Upper Class Suite consists of a reclining seat for take off, a place to sit and eat a three-course meal, and a private onboard bar. Premium Economy passengers can enjoy dedicated check-in and priority boarding.

Virgin Atlantic also operates services from Manchester to Orlando and Barbados. In 2009, Virgin Atlantic carried nearly half a million passengers on its Manchester services.

Tickets will be available to purchase from early May 2010 via www.virginatlantic.com.

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