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US Reopening: BA & Virgin Celebrate With Dual Heathrow Departure
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US Reopening: BA & Virgin Celebrate With Dual Heathrow Departure

Today is a huge day for the transatlantic aviation industry. For over a year and a half, airlines have been unable to fly many passengers from Europe to the United States. This all changes today as the US re-welcomes fully vaccinated travelers from Europe and the UK.

A double Heathrow departure
This morning, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operated a special double departure from London Heathrow Airport. At around 08:30, a British Airways Airbus A350 departed London Heathrow as BA1, the airline’s most prestigious flight number. For one day only, the Airbus A350 uses the flight number to fly to New York’s JFK airport.

Simultaneously, a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 also took to the skies from London Heathrow. VS 3 took off from the southern runway, bound for New York’s JFK Airport. The two airlines are both racing on the world’s former most profitable route to celebrate its reopening…

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