Virgin Atlantic is launching a new route from Manchester to Delhi in October. It will operate three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays using an A330-200 aircraft, returning Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights start on the 26th October:
VS318 departs Manchester at 16:40 and arrives in Delhi the next day at 06:05
VS319 is a day flight and departs Delhi at 08:10 and arrives at 12:10.
The new route from Manchester will be the only direct flight between Manchester and India. Jet Airways flew between Manchester and Mumbai before it went bankrupt, so Virgin appears to be targetting a slightly different market.
The A330-200 that will operate this route are the former Air Berlin planes Virgin brought in to assist with the industrial problems on the Boeing 787-9. These do not feature the usual Upper Class seat but an adapted and refurbished Air Berlin seat (pictured below), which Rob reviewed pre-refurb here.
Flights will go on sale on Monday, 3rd of March and you will be able to book on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
PS. If you want to know about Avios redemption ideas from Manchester Airport, this HFP article looks at Avios flights from UK regional airports.
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