Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of a new flight route to Tel Aviv, Israel, for 2019.
Sir Richard Branson ‘s airline will be operating a service from London Heathrow to the Israeli city, with the first flights set to take off on Wednesday 25th September.
The new route will be a daily service between Heathrow and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport, with an average flight time of five hours.
It will be served by the airline’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft which includes a host of cabins such as Upper Class, Premium and Economy Light, Classic and Delight offering.
The company has not yet revealed the fares it will offer passengers, although it did confirm that the seats would be going on sale from Monday 25th February.
The new flights will mean over 180,000 seats each year, as well as connecting services to destinations throughout North America, from both Virgin Atlantic and Delta’s networks.
Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic CEO commented: “2019 marks the start of a new phase of growth for Virgin Atlantic as we work to achieve our ambition to become the most loved travel company.
“Tel Aviv represents a fantastic opportunity for us – Israel’s economy is booming and as one of the world’s leading tech hubs we’re anticipating many business travellers and entrepreneurs flying between Tel Aviv and the UK.
“We also see a significant opportunity to increase competition in the US – Tel Aviv market, using the strength of our trans-Atlantic Joint Venture with Delta to offer customers from Tel Aviv a wide range of US destinations connecting through London Heathrow including New York and San Francisco.”
“I’m also thrilled to introduce this new destination to our leisure customers and I know it’s somewhere they’ll love to visit.
“Renowned for its cultural sites and with UNESCO recognised architecture, Tel Aviv also boasts beautiful beaches, a buzzing artistic and nightlife scene, incredible food and is a great base to explore the tourist destinations of the region including the iconic historical city of Jerusalem, Nazareth, and the Dead Sea.”
The route is also part of a wider expansion for the airline, which is set to welcome the first four of 12 Airbus A350-1000 to its fleet.