Commencing in summer 2017, Virgin Atlantic will be the first ever carrier to provide direct services between Manchester and the northern Californian city. Operating three times weekly, the flights will connect the region with the home of the world’s biggest technology and emerging digital firms.
The new route to the historic city of Boston in New England will fly twice weekly.
Manchester Airport managing director Ken O'Toole said: "Securing the first ever direct flight between Manchester and San Francisco is a significant moment for a number of reasons.
"Firstly, it gives the 22m passengers living within two hours of Manchester Airport yet another great long haul destination to choose from.
"Secondly, it will deliver a deliver a real boost to the North's economy by providing a direct link to the world's leading location for tech and biomedical start-ups, which is now home to some of the biggest brands on the planet, like Google, Twitter and Uber.”
Erik Varwijk, EVP of Commercial at Virgin Atlantic commented; “We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers these two new direct flights to the USA from Manchester Airport. In addition to our current services to Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando and Barbados, the new routes to San Francisco and Boston really open up America for our customers.”
Both new services will operate on one of the airlines newest A330 aircraft, and will be fully configured with upper class, premium economy and economy cabins.
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