YVR welcomed Virgin Atlantic Airways’ inaugural flight from London Heathrow Airport last month as part of an airport-wide celebration of all things British.
Virgin’s A340-300 arrived to YVR for the first time on May 24 with true fanfare as hoards of local and U.K. media captured images of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson posing at the backdoor of the aircraft with Olympic gold-medal athlete Amy Williams.
Later, Branson and Virgin Atlantic were officially welcomed to YVR by Vancouver Airport Authority President and CEO Larry Berg, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark.
The new service, which will operate four times a week throughout the summer until the end of October, marks the first time in a decade that Virgin Atlantic has flown to Canada.
Up to 40,000 passengers are expected to take advantage of Virgin’s service, which will generate approximately $21.5 million in tourism revenue and create an additional 172 direct jobs in hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. In total, the new service will add an estimated $10.4 million to B.C.’s gross domestic product.
Virgin’s new service will be operated by an Airbus A340-300, which will be configured with 34 upper-class seats, 35 premium-economy seats and 171 economy seats. Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and arrive at YVR at 3:10 PM and depart at 7:20 PM.