Starting on 12th September, Virgin Atlantic will launch flights between London Heathrow and Milan Malpensa.
The cargo only flights will be operated by a mix of the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
After the initial flight, the airline will make further flights on Thursdays and Sundays.
Milan will join Brussels and Dublin as destinations unique to the cargo operation.
Virgin Atlantic has relied extremely heavily on the cargo sector during the pandemic. The airline went from late March to late July without welcoming a single passenger on board. As such, the airline has been very much fighting for survival.
These issues look to be mostly taken care of now. The airline recently had a bail out package approved. Further measures include disposing of their entire Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 aircraft, indefinitely grounding their Airbus A330 fleet, and deferring further aircraft deliveries. In addition, the airline has pulled out of London Gatwick airport, along with New York Newark airport. And finally, the airline has made a number of job cuts.
No timings for the new flights have been provided. Although it’s been stated that the airline can offer next day deliveries from New York to Milan, so expect the flight to depart Heathrow a couple of hours or so after the New York flight arrives.
Despite the airline operating cargo only services for many months, they haven’t converted any of their passenger aircraft to freighters. Many other airlines including Finnair and British Airways have removed all the seats in a number of their aircraft in order to transport more cargo.
Virgin Atlantic will ramp up their passenger services in September, along side their dedicated cargo operations.