Published on April 28th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
Virgin Atlantic to Operate Cargo Only Service to Dublin
Virgin Atlantic has announced a new cargo only service from Dublin during May. The airline will operate up to 90 flights per week to help customers maintain trade for goods worldwide. Virgin will operate cargo-only flights through Dublin for the first time, enabling Ireland’s medical technology, electronics and other industries to achieve same day connections to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Johannesburg via London. Services will be operated using the airline’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which can carry up to 55 tonnes of cargo.
Virgin Atlantic will be using ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and four Airbus A350 aircraft for the cargo flights and Virgin will also increase its ability to offer exclusive cargo charters, which currently average 13 flights per week. The Airbus A350 will have a cargo capacity of 49 tonnes.
Speaking when they announced numerous cargo flights, Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said “I am amazingly proud of our cargo team and our colleagues across the airline who have enabled us to completely re-engineer our cargo business into a successful freight-only operation. This means we’ve been able to help our customers re-establish trade routes to and from many of their major international markets. I also want to thank DNATA, our handling partner in London, for the great work its team is doing to help us accelerate the volume of cargo we are carrying and to expedite connections over our London hub. In the current operating environment, we have the ability to increase our cargo-only services quickly and to flex up our schedules in line with demand. We also expect an increase in customers seeking cargo charters, which we are ready and able to support. We want to play a leading role in getting business moving again as the country looks to re-energise following COVID-19.”
The twice weekly flights to Dublin will commence in May and these will be flights to London Heathrow where it will enable cargo to be connected on to Virgin services to the USA (New York and Los Angeles), India, Shanghai, Hong Kong, South Africa and Tel Aviv. In recent months Virgin have removed the Airbus A340-600 from its fleet and have stored their remaining Boeing 747’s due the COVID-19 pandemic and reduction in flights.