Viva Las Vegas for Virgin Atlantic

Friday 18, June 2010


Viva Las Vegas for Virgin Atlantic


Virgin Atlantic has celebrated its 10th anniversary of flying between London and Las Vegas. Sir Richard Branson and Dita Von Teese were present to mark the occassion in style.


Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, said: “When I started the airline, it was a long-held ambition of mine for Virgin Atlantic to fly into Las Vegas.


"I could see so clearly why the British would love direct access to the entertainment capital of the world. From next year we will also be adding a twice-weekly direct service from Manchester, making this amazing city available to more UK travellers than ever before."


The additional flights from Manchester to Las Vegas will mean that from April 2011, Virgin Atlantic will operate nine flights a week from the UK. These extra flights will see an additional 40,000 passengers flying to the destination – a 30 % increase of Virgin Atlantic’s capacity on this route.


Since June 2000 Virgin Atlantic has flown 2 million passengers to the destination contributing $1bn to the city’s tourism economy. Virgin Atlantic soon grew its initial twice-weekly service to a daily flight in May 2006 due to the route’s increasing popularity.


Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B.Goodman, Chair of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority commented: “We are delighted to be celebrating Virgin Atlantic’s tenth anniversary of flying between London and Las Vegas.


"Virgin Atlantic's direct service has contributed immensely to solidifying the UK as the No. 1 overseas market for Las Vegas and increasing visitation to the destination.  Las Vegas and Virgin Atlantic are a great partnership and we look forward to working together to promote the new direct service from Manchester that begins next April."


Randall H. Walker, Director Clark County Department of Aviation said: "Over the past decade, Virgin Atlantic Airways played a profound role in transforming Las Vegas into a truly global travel destination. Its London service redefined the standard, demonstrating to all that non-stop transoceanic air service to McCarran could thrive when executed with service and class. We're pleased to have witnessed Virgin Atlantic's success here and look forward to the future."


Over the last ten years Virgin Atlantic’s sister company Virgin Holidays has also seen a significant rise in bookings in line with the airline. The holiday company believes that the variety of sights, sounds and entertainment keep customers coming back year after year.


Amanda Wills, Virgin Holidays Managing Director, commented: "Las Vegas is without doubt one of our most popular destinations. The mixture of show-stopping sights, great service and attention to detail is an ideal fit to what our customers are looking for in a holiday.  That's why they keep coming back to us for more.


“We're delighted to share in the celebration and look forward to offering this fantastic destination to more customers than ever before."



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