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Is Virgin Atlantic planning to launch flights to Tel Aviv?

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Reports in some Israeli newspapers in recent days, eg here, have suggested that Virgin Atlantic is planning to launch flights to Tel Aviv in September.

The only logic quoted is that Shai Weiss, the new CEO, is Israeli.  However, there are a couple of other potential reasons:

Tel Aviv beach

the Dubai flight terminates at the end of the March, freeing up a pair of landing slots which would presumably work OK for an overnight Tel Aviv flight (EDIT: apparently these slots are being used for the additional Boston flight)

alternatively, a day flight could presumably be fitted around existing North America services (it would be a 12-hour round trip)

the arrival of the A350 fleet from mid 2019 will give Virgin Atlantic extra capacity, especially when coupled with the four ex-Air Berlin A330 planes leased in 2018

If this is true, it would be an interesting strategic move for Virgin which has been focusing very heavily on North America for growth in recent years.

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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (July 2021)

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You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

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You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

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