Virgin Atlantic Celebrates 10 Years Of Flying To Las Vegas, To Introduce Manchester Flights Next Year

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its London (Gatwick) – Las Vegas route, UK airline Virgin Atlantic unveiled a one-off flying lady on a Boeing 747-400 jet in the guise of burlesque star Dita Von Teese. In true Virgin style, the airline’s founder and President Sir Richard Branson joined Von Teese on the wing of her personalised aircraft in Las Vegas as part of the festivities, where they were welcomed by Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and his group of showgirls.


Las Vegas is one of the most successful routes for the airline, which has flown 2 million passengers in and out of the city since beginning flights in June 2000 and now connects it with the British capital daily using a 3-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Virgin Atlantic is set to build on this success with the addition of new twice weekly flights between Las Vegas and Manchester from 3 April 2011, which it expects will increase the number of people flying from the UK to Las Vegas.


The new flights will mark the return of regular scheduled service from Manchester to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” since rival BMI pulled out last year and make Virgin Atlantic the largest UK airline operating in Las Vegas. Rivals British Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines currently fly to the city from London (Heathrow) and Manchester respectively, with the latter operating a seasonal schedule.


Virgin Atlantic currently flies to 10 destinations in the USA from its hubs in London (Heathrow and Gatwick) and Manchester. For more information, visit

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