• Airline will launch second daily direct service from London Heathrow to Mumbai from October 2024 for both customer and cargo operations.
  • New service will complement Virgin Atlantic’s existing flying to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
  • Codeshare with IndiGo provides 36 onward connections from key hubs.

Virgin Atlantic is delighted to add a second daily flight to Mumbai, signalling its continued commitment to the region. The new flight is the airline’s fifth daily service to India and complements its double daily services to Delhi and recently launched flights to Bengaluru.

From 2025, Virgin Atlantic will offer over one million seats to the country, a 350% capacity growth since 2019, cementing India’s position as a key strategic market for the airline and marking its largest area of growth outside the United States. Alongside options for customers, the increase in flying is also a huge boost for cargo operations with additional capacity to support the movement of goods from the fashion, pharmaceuticals and tech sectors. With five daily services, Virgin Atlantic Cargo will offer over 40 million kg of space to and from India, a 336% increase in capacity versus 2019.

Commencing on the 27 October 2024 and on sale from Wednesday 10th April 2024, the services will operate on the airline’s state of the art Airbus A350-1000, offering customers the option of Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light as well as the airline’s signature Upper Class social space. It will also offer seamless connectivity and a premium long-haul experience for those customers connecting via London Heathrow from destinations throughout North America including Seattle, San Francisco and New York JFK, with Virgin Atlantic and transatlantic joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines.

Virgin Atlantic is also pleased to quadruple the number of Indian based cabin crew operating on our India routes this summer. Through GSA partner InterGlobe Air Transport, the airline will now average four Indian cabin crew on each flight in order to deliver a more personalised service to Indian customers.

In addition to offering three direct destinations in India from London Heathrow, Virgin Atlantic has a strategic partnership with IndiGo, India’s leading airline. Customers can book one ticket which allows them to connect seamlessly to other popular destinations in India such as Ahmedabad, Goa and Hyderabad through Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. In total the partnership offers 36 additional destinations and has so far connected over 80,000 customers.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, commented; “There is a huge opportunity for us in India, it has a dynamic, fast-growing economy and we’re anticipating a huge growth in demand for international travel from the region. We know both our customers and people love travelling to India and we have a rich history in the destination. Next year marks 25 years of operations and the first time that we’ll offer more than one million seats from London Heathrow. The doubling of our Mumbai services reaffirms our strong commitment and will allow our customers to travel seamlessly throughout India and beyond, flying on one of the youngest fleets in the skies, with our signature personalised service, delivered by our amazing people.” 

New flight to Mumbai (subject to Government approval)

Flight number Launch Date Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival time Aircraft
VS358 27-Oct-24 LHR 11.15 BOM2 01:55* A350-1000 leisure
VS359 28-Oct-24 BOM2 04:10 LHR 08:55 A350-1000 leisure 

Existing India schedule

Flight number Route Timing Aircraft
VS354 LHR-BOM 19:00 / 08:55  Boeing 787-9
VS355 BOM-LHR 10:45 / 16:05  Boeing 787-9
VS316 LHR-BLR 12:25 / 02:45*  Boeing 787-9
VS317 BLR-LHR 04:35 / 10:45 Boeing 787-9
VS300 LHR-DEL 20:30 / 09:30* Boeing 787-9
VS301 DEL-LHR 11:20 / 16:35 Boeing 787-9
VS302 LHR-DEL 10:30 / 23:55  Boeing 787-9
VS303 DEL-LHR 02:05 / 07:20  Boeing 787-9


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About Virgin Atlantic  

Virgin Atlantic was founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson in 1984, with innovation and amazing customer service at its core. In 2023, Virgin Atlantic was voted Britain’s only Global Five Star Airline by APEX for the seventh year running in the Official Airline Ratings. Headquartered in London, it employs more than 8,500 people worldwide, flying customers to 30 destinations across four continents throughout the year. Alongside shareholder and Joint Venture partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic operates a leading transatlantic network, with onward connections to over 200 cities around the world. In February 2020, Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic launched an expanded Joint Venture, offering a comprehensive route network, convenient flight schedules, competitive fares and reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including the ability to earn and redeem miles across all carriers. Virgin Atlantic joined SkyTeam in March 2023 as the global airline alliance’s first and only UK member airline, enhancing the alliance’s transatlantic network and services to and from Heathrow and Manchester Airport. Virgin Atlantic has been pioneering sustainability leadership for more than 15 years, committing to Net Zero by 2050 and continuous action that reduces environmental impact. The airline operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the skies, with an average age under seven years. In October 2022, Virgin Atlantic welcomed the first of 16 A330-900neos to the fleet, continuing its transformation towards 100% next generation aircraft by 2028. In November 2023, the airline led a consortium to deliver the world’s first flight across the Atlantic on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), demonstrating that 100% SAF can be used safely as a drop in fuel in existing infrastructure, engines and airframes. The need to scale production is an industry imperative and Virgin Atlantic is committed to radical collaboration across the energy chain to support commercialisation ahead of 2030.

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