Last year Virgin Atlantic announced they would be cancelling the London Heathrow to Dubai route from March 2019 which naturally meant they would have a free aircraft from this date. Speculation was that this would be used on an already popular Virgin route, or a new route would be created. That new route has now been confirmed and we will see Virgin Atlantic flights to Tel Aviv, Israel from London Heathrow later this year.
This new route for Virgin Atlantic puts them in direct competition with both British Airways (Boeing 777) and EL AL (Boeing 787) who currently have two flights per day, making this the fifth daily direct flight to Tel Aviv. Low cost carriers of Easyjet and Wizz Air also fly between London and Tel Aviv, though in London do not use Heathrow airport.
From 25th September 2019, Virgin Atlantic will operate an Airbus A330-300 from London Heathrow to Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv, Israel for the route. Flights are set to go on sale from 25th February. With this aircraft being in the traditional Virgin Atlantic long haul configuration it offers 31 business class seats in Upper Class, 48 in premium economy, and 185 in economy. This comes to a total of almost 200,000 seats a year between London and Tel Aviv.
Currently as Virgin Atlantic have not loaded the flights there is no information available about Flying Club miles redemption rates. The Dubai redemption, which is a longer distance, is priced at 10,000 miles in economy, 17,500 miles in premium economy and 37,500 miles in Upper Class one-way. Hopefully Virgin Atlantic will price around this figure, or less. If you need Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles quick considering buying Virgin miles. With this being a new route availability will be excellent.
Virgin Atlantic have also aligned arriving flights into London Heathrow airport to sync up with popular departing flights to America, allowing customers on Delta and Virgin to easily transfer.
Flight times from 25th September 2019:
VS453 – Departs London Heathrow 13:30, arrives Tel Aviv 20:35
VS454 – Departs Tel Aviv 07:15, arrives London Heathrow 11:10
Flight times from 27th October 2019:
VS453 – Departs London Heathrow 16:00, arrives Tel Aviv 23:05
VS454 – Departs Tel Aviv 06:05, arrives London Heathrow 09:55