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Virgin Atlantic celebrates 20 years of Tokyo flights

25th June 2009 Print
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world's leading long-haul airlines, this month celebrates 20 years of flying to Tokyo. Virgin Atlantic first launched flights between London and Tokyo in May 1989 and has since carried nearly 3m passengers on the popular route. Originally departing from Gatwick, the service moved to Heathrow in 1991.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said:

"To be celebrating 20 years of flying to Tokyo is a real achievement for Virgin Atlantic and we are proud to have been offering passengers our excellent service on this route since 1989.

"Twenty years on Tokyo still remains a very popular business and holiday destination, with an increasing number of passengers taking city breaks to the region for its diverse culture, great food and stunning city-life.

All of us at Virgin Atlantic thank the people of Tokyo for supporting us over the last 20 years and we are pleased to play such a key role in the Japanese Community."

The VS900 is operated by an A340-600 from London Heathrow. The VS900 departs Heathrow at 13:30 arriving into Narita at 09:00 the following day. The return VS901 departs at 11:45 arriving into Heathrow at 15:30 the same day.

Red hot fares are available on this route. Return Economy fares start from £620, Premium Economy fares start from £1098 and Upper Class fares start from £2686. All these fares include taxes and charges. These fares to Tokyo are available from 1st May to 21st July and 26th August to 13th December.

Since it was founded in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has become one of the world’s leading long haul airlines serving the world’s major cities. Based at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports as well as offering services from Manchester airport, it operates long haul services to 30 destinations worldwide as far apart as Las Vegas and Shanghai. Virgin Atlantic has a fleet of 38 aircraft, which includes thirteen 747-400s and six A340-300s and nineteen A340-600s.

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