Last week I wrote about Virgin Atlantic continued expansion. So far this year, Virgin Atlantic has announced new routes to Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo, and last week they announced another route.
Virgin Atlantic's London to Mumbai flight information
Virgin Atlantic will launch daily flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai on October 27, 2019 . Flight is for sale as of today, so roll down to find out how to redeem miles on this route.
This announcement marks a service resumption when the airline canceled their Mumbai route about four years ago. It also marks Virgin Atlantic doubling their capacity in India as they are currently only flying to Delhi.
Virgin Atlantic intends to use a Boeing 787-9 for the Mumbai route with 258 seats. This includes 31
Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Upper Class
This flight covers a distance of ~ 4,500 miles in each
The flight schedule will be as follows:
London to Mumbai departs at 10:15 12:40 (+1 day)
Mumbai to London departure 2:55 arriving at 7:35
Competition in London to Mumbai market
While London to Mumbai is a big market, A big motivator for Virgin Atlantic here is that Jet Airways ceased operating one a few weeks ago and they operated several daily flights between London and Mumbai. So if there has ever been time to start this route then it is.
Virgin Atlantic will head for British Airways twice daily flights and Air India's once daily flights.
Virgin Atlantic's EVP by Commercial said on this route:
"2019 marks a significant growth period for Virgin Atlantic and I am glad we continue to expand our route network again by returning to Mumbai Until recently, we have been able to serve this important market through our partnership with Jet Airways, as Jet Airways has unfortunately suspended its operation, now we have the opportunity to offer alternative options for our customers and meet this demand.  Combined with our long-standing route to Delhi, we are able to give travelers even greater opportunity to experience our award-winning service between the UK and India, not only providing us with an enhanced offer for the thriving Indian market but with our partners at Delta, we offer unparalleled choices and more seamless connections to the United States via Heathrow Airport. "