October 14, 2017
Virgin Gives London-NY Flight to Delta while Conducting Engine Maintenance
Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, and KLM have a joint-venture agreement, with Delta owning a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic. Virgin has had to ground some of its 787 Dreamliners recently due to emergency engine maintenance issues. As part of that process, Virgin has transferred one of its London-New York flights to Delta between October 12, 2017-October 31, 2017. Delta will operate the route with with a mix of 767 and 777 aircraft.
Rolls-Royce, the company which manufactures the jet engines, informed its airline clients that 500 of the Trent 1000 engines would need immediate maintenance because of wear and tear on the fan blades. The problem first came to light when ANA reported turbine damage on three of its 787s in 2016.
Delta said that route changes like this “show the benefit of the Delta and Virgin Atlantic partnership and how we work together.”