Virgin’s new ways to leave Manchester

Virgin Atlantic is to launch new non-stop direct flights from Manchester to both San Francisco and Boston next (2017) summer.

San Francisco

The San Francisco service will operate three times a week and the Boston flight will run twice weekly. Both services will be operated by an A330.

Erik Marwick, Executive Vice President of Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers these two new direct flights to the USA from Manchester Airport.

“With our current services to Atlanta, Las Vegas and Orlando, these new routes to San Francisco and Boston really open up America for our customers.”

Virgin's Manchester-San Francisco service will provide us with an exciting opportunity to raise awareness of Northern California's diverse range of itinerary options," said Joanne Cook of Visit California.

American’s dream route to Chicago

American Airlines is to introduce the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-Dreamliner, on its Manchester-Chicago route from June 3.


The flight will leave Manchester at 13.15, arriving into Chicago at 15.20. The return flight will depart Chicago at 21.55 and arrive into Manchester at 11.25 the following day.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of American operating from Manchester.

“Upgrading our Chicago flight to the 787 underpins the importance of the Manchester market to American, and is a fitting way to celebrate our 30th anniversary in the Northwest,” said David Thomas, Director, Sales UK & Ireland at American Airlines.

“Serving Manchester, along with our joint business partner British Airways, is crucial to maintaining our strong competitive position in the UK.”