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Virgin Atlantic launches Delhi flights from Manchester Airport

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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

Virgin has gradually been mopping up the spare capacity between the UK and India after the collapse of former partner Jet Airways last year, as we wrote about here.

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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Comments (179)

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  • ian_h says:

    “The new route from Manchester will be the only direct flight between Manchester and India.”

    Technically not quite right Rhys as Tui operate Man-Goa

  • anon says:

    Something I have been thinking more about in recent years, is the non alcoholic offerings in the premium cabins of airlines, as well as vegetarian, vegan and healthier food options. We are starting to go through a cultural shift whereby consumers are more open than ever before, to pay attention to health and nutrition. I know Virgin and Emirates offer nice mocktails and have started to include healthier food choices, but I wonder if HFP could place additional focus on these factors when writing their reviews? I know we won’t lose the fine wine and champagne expectations but I thought it might be good to place a slightly wider review lens to reflect the current consumer culture. What do peeps think?

    • KP says:


    • Anna says:

      I want to be thoroughly decadent on holiday, it’s my reward for being good the rest of the year! But for someone who travels a lot on business I imagine healthier options would be welcome.

      • pointsarb says:

        Hi Anna, I seem to recall you being very much in the know on all things Grand Cayman! We are planning our first trip this Xmas with 2 kids in tow and were thinking of staying at the Westin. Any general tips you could share for a first timer to GC with kids would be greatly appreciated.

        Thank you!

    • Spursdebs says:

      I’m teetotal not for any cultural reasons but because glandular fever destroyed my spleen 20 odd years ago and now I can’t touch the stuff. It taste of metal and makes me very sick after only one glass.
      The choice of non alcoholic cocktails is normally abysmal and lazy where ever I go. Think the nicest mocktail I’ve ever had was on a beach in Koh Samui pineapple and mint.

      • Peter K says:

        The Langley has some very nice mocktails. At £13 + service charge for a small glass they should be though 😁

        • Spursdebs says:

          Not as expensive as The Ritz 1 peach Bellini 2 mocktails £72! And that was a few years ago.

      • Lady London says:

        I remember very nice mocktails everywhere in Dubai.

    • missgeekchic says:

      @Rob & Rhys – what do you think? Many people do not drink for religious, health or lifestyle reasons and an increasing amount of people are looking at plant-based or healthier food options! I am one of those people and meet so many other like me when I fly.

      • Rhys says:

        I tried Seedlip recently and wasn’t impressed, but always open to delicious mocktails!

  • Si says:

    OT – Seattle.
    Anyone have any insight into which IHG Kimpton hotel is best/nicest in Seattle?

    I have enough points for 2 free nights at either “Monaco”, “Vintage” or the Palladian.

    They’re all same number of points and price and give or take in same location.

    I’m IHG Platinum but guess as all Kimpton hotels, will make little difference between the 3 of them.

    Many thanks.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I recall the Monaco being perfectly pleasant but no wow factor that would make me seek it out on a subsequent visit to the city.

    • Alex W says:

      I stayed at Monaco I think it was. Hotel was fine, but hideously over priced, and that’s before you have to cough up the extortionate resort fees. It has put me off ever revisiting a Kimpton. There are other hotels in Seattle that have a free wine hour.

  • Scandinavian traveler says:

    OT: My girlfriend is not sure whether she can take holidays and I’m therefore (still) looking for a person to take the second seat in the Lufthansa/Swiss business companion offer. Found dates that work from mid December till mid January next year from AMS to AKL for just £ 1.300 per person (but am flexible on the return date). Books in P and J class, so could get you 80 % of Star Alliance gold with some airlines. Booking deadline is this week and I’m only looking for someone to take the second seat (and not a travel partner). Anybody interested?

    • MinR says:

      Which Star Alliance airline would you credit the miles to for a P class fare? I have a AMS-BKK Swiss J flight booked for later in the year.

      • Scandinavian Traveler says:

        I currently have most of my travels with SAS, so I would credit to that. However, if you’re starting out with a new programme you could check to see where you get the most from LX P class. Also, some programmes require less miles than others to obtain status and for reward flights (even on partner airlines).

      • Rob says: is your friend

        • MinR says:

          Thanks both. I did check wheretocredit, and it’s 125% if you credit it to SQ KrisFlyer.
          I’m guessing that’s the best option, though I can’t determine which one would get me the closest to tier status. Maybe it’s the amateur in me 🙂

  • Tom says:

    Shangri La just renewed my Jade status for 2020 despite cancelling my Amex Plat 6 months ago. Sounds like I might even get to keep it to the end of 2021 now… 😀

  • AlexT says:

    OT: Has anyone had Barclaycard Hilton card Revolut top-ups settle in their accounts following the recent merchant code changes for Visa? Do they settle as cash advances or 6012?

  • LewisB says:

    OT: I’ve been charged £70.78 from BA call centre for a phone call that lasted an hour. What the actual hell. Has this happened to anybody? I have another phone call from BA on the same statement for half an hour charged £5.87.

    • Mj says:

      Can only assume it wasn’t to the UK call centre?

    • memesweeper says:

      a quick look at BA’s website throws up this as a contact centre number for the UK:

      Telephone: 0344 493 0787

      If that’s not included in you phone plan you need a new phone provider. BA won’t be getting any revenue share from 03xx range numbers.

      • LewisB says:

        Had to phone this one for an Aer Lingus booking.

        Telephone: 0844 493 0787 option 2
        Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

        That’s the number that has cost me the money. Turns out EE charge 40p a minute for these numbers on top of BAs 7p. Time to call EE.

        • jc says:

          In future swap the 08 for 03 and you should reach the same BA team but it’ll be included in inclusive minutes. Good luck getting some goodwill from EE/BA, but sounds like you’ve been charged correctly for calling an 08 and the charge was laid out clearly?

        • memesweeper says:

          If that’s the number provided on the BA website, I’d complain to them, not EE — they’ve mainly switched to 03xx prefixes.

          For future reference whenever you see an 084 number swap the 08 for 03 and it’ll almost certainly take you to the same call centre.

        • Alex W says:

          Try the We Q 4 U app on Android or apple. It will automatically reroute your call to a free number, if one exists.

        • Lady London says:

          Pretty sure that’s illegal since 1st October.. 2016? Companies are obliged to provide non-surcharged numbers since then to existing customers, i.e. they have to clearly and easily-seen provide you a number that costs no more than a local call would. Many companies provide free numbers now since then. Personally I’d take it up with them and would consider contacting the Ombudsman.

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      As with their bench seats, I think this is genius. If customers were willing to pay double an economy ticket to get a seat AND a lie flat bed, this idea will, erm, fly….

      If you stack the bunks, 3 bunks will probably take up the same space as 3/4 seats: I’m sure there’s much better configurations: Plus, there will be weight savings in not having to carry x more PAX + food + luggage

    • Rhys says:

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves – this product has not even been certified for use on aim aircraft yet 🙂

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