Virgin Atlantic begins flying to Tel Aviv

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is now offering up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on daily flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Tel Aviv (TLV). The new service began on Wednesday, Virgin Atlantic said in a press release. As the carrier announced earlier this year, Israel-based air cargo sales agent WTA Aviation will be responsible for […]

Virgin Atlantic, Delta to expand UK-US services in 2020 

Today, Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo jointly announced plans to expand their networks between the United Kingdom and the United States.  As part of the expansion, the carriers will increase trans-Atlantic flights between Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) to destinations in the U.S. beginning next year.  Delta will join Virgin Atlantic at LGW where […]

Virgin Atlantic awards WTA Aviation, Swissport service contracts

Today, Virgin Atlantic Cargo announced it awarded contracts to Israel-based air cargo sales agent WTA Aviation and Swissport that will support the carrier’s upcoming daily flights between Heathrow Airport (LHR), and Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv, Israel, which begin on September 25.  Under its contract with Virgin Atlantic Cargo, WTA Aviation will be responsible for selling the 20 tonnes of daily cargo […]

Dachser India Mumbai, Hyderabad gain IATA CEIV Pharma cert

Dachser India earned its CEIV Pharma certification from the International Airport Transport Association (IATA) for life science, health care and pharmaceuticals handling at its Mumbai (BOM) and Hyderabad (HYD) airport branches, the company announced yesterday. According to the logistics firm, the certification is a significant achievement, given that very few companies are currently accredited in India.  Dachser said […]

Virgin Atlantic to expand network and fleet

Earlier this week, Virgin Atlantic Cargo announced its order for 14 A330-900neo aircraft.Of the 14 aircraft ordered, the carrier will purchase eight and lease six, with the option to order six more moving forward.   The order, valued at $4.1 billion, is one step in Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s program to replace 100% of its aircraft […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is first to adopt new Accenture booking platform

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is launching a “digital transformation,” it announced this week, with its switch to Accenture’s newest cargo booking platform. Virgin Atlantic is the first company to adopt Accenture’s cloud-enabled AFLS 8.0 platform, which will go live in early 2020 and replace Virgin’s 10-year-old Voyager operating system. The new system offers customers the ability […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo doubles service to India with new Mumbai route

After a four-year hiatus, Virgin Atlantic Cargo said it will resume daily service to the fast-growing cargo market of Mumbai from London Heathrow (LHR) in October of this year, following the temporary suspension of India’s Jet Airways operations. With a first flight scheduled for Oct. 27, the U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic said the 787-9 aircraft will […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo increased volumes in 2018

Today, U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic released its 2018 results, which show the airline’s cargo arm increased volume by about 6% to 244,000 tonnes, compared to the previous year, while revenue grew 13% to £222 million, year-over-year. The carrier’s volume growth percentage was above IATA’s market average of 3.5%. The carrier attributed its success to a 50% […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo bolsters presence in Nigerian marketplace

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is responding to demand for inbound air cargo capacity to West Africa – especially healthcare products, like pharmaceuticals – by signing a five-year contract with Nigeria-based logistics company Sifax SAHCOL. Starting this week, Virgin Atlantic’s import and export cargo for the region will be handled in Sifax SAHCOL’s 22,000 square-meter, Lagos-based warehouse […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo launches first South America route to GRU

This week, Virgin Atlantic Cargo said it is planning to launch its first route to South America – a 787 service from London Heathrow (LHR) to São Paulo (GRU), which will commence in 2020. The carrier aims to capitalize on the “fast-growing” Brazilian economy, anticipating high demand for capacity on both of the route’s directions, […]

Virgin Atlantic, Delta Cargo to move into dnata City East at LHR

Today, U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Atlanta-based Delta Cargo announced that both of the carriers, as part of their joint venture, will move into a new cargo facility housed within the dnata City East building at London Heathrow (LHR). The move into the facility, which will include modern technology and double the carriers’ space for […]

Virgin Atlantic adds frequency to South Africa for automotive, perishable goods

Citing a rise in demand for automotive and perishable goods in South Africa, Virgin Atlantic Cargo has added a second daily 787-9 widebody service connecting London and Johannesburg. According to Virgin, cargo volumes between the United States and South Africa, via London Heathrow (LHR), have seen an 8 percent rise through the first eight months […]

Promising young BIFA forwarders feted at Virgin Atlantic

Who says young people aren’t interested in the forwarding business? Earlier today, the three finalists of the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) “Young Freight Forwarder of the Year” contest were given a tour of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s U.K. facility during Familiarization Day at the British carrier. In the event, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo since […]
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