EDITORIAL USE ONLY Dom Kennedy [Centre], Senior Vice President of Virgin Atlantic Holidays poses with cabin crew at Manchester airport ahead of Flight VS85 taking off, marking the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new direct summer service between Manchester and Las Vegas. Picture date: Sunday June 2, 2024. PA Photo. The new route is in addition to the airline’s existing daily flying to Las Vegas from London Heathrow. Photo credit should read: James Speakman/PA Media Assignments

Virgin Atlantic marked the launch of its new service from Manchester to Las Vegas today with iconic Las Vegas showgirls and the airline’s cabin crew capturing picture perfect moments with customers at check-in. Flight VS85, on an A350-1000, departed Manchester Airport at 09:50 am local time this morning.

The new service complements the airline’s existing daily flying to Las Vegas from London Heathrow, as the airline expands its network and supports customer demand for premium leisure travel from Manchester and the northwest.

Las Vegas continues to be a key destination for British travellers, with the fun and vibrancy of this illuminated playground holding a timeless appeal for holidaymakers wanting to explore an exciting city, discover the Grand Canyon, or even take on a unique road trip along the West Coast.

Customers travelling to Las Vegas will also be able to enjoy a truly Virgin experience – booking through Virgin Atlantic Holidays, flying with Virgin Atlantic and staying at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

The new Manchester to Las Vegas route is in addition to the airline’s seasonal winter Barbados service and is the airline’s fourth service from Manchester to the US, building on established services of Orlando, New York, and Atlanta.

It is also the only US West Coast flight available from the northwest, offering customers the opportunity to fly direct, as well as enhancing connections for customers in the North,by offering the opportunity to connect to key US destinations, with partner Delta Air Lines.    

Dom Kennedy, Senior Vice President at Virgin Atlantic Holidays, commented,

“We’re thrilled to be re-introducing our Manchester to Las Vegas service and its incredible to be here today with all customers as they fly off for a trip of a lifetime.


“This new route is the only US West Coast flight available from the northwest and perfectly complements our existing flying from Manchester to New York, Orlando, Atlanta, and Barbados.  

“We know our customers love Las Vegas – there is so much to do in the city from sports and entertainment to world class dining. It’s also the perfect starting point for road trip holidays, for those adventurous travellers looking to explore the US West Coast.

“We can’t wait to offer customers travelling the new route an incredible experience, delivered by our wonderful people.”   


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