Second daily service to Johannesburg

  • 16 March 2018
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Yesterday Virgin Atlantic announced a second daily service between London Heathrow and Johannesburg.

On sale as of 24 March 2018 and will be operated by Boeing 787-9 offering the latest cabin interiors and inflight entertainment, plus Wi-Fi on every flight.

The new service will begin flying in winter 2018 with the first flight departing on 28 October 2018. With two flights per day to South Africa’s biggest city. Virgin Atlantic are expecting to carry over 300,000 customers annually – helping to support tourism and trade between the two nations.

The additional daily flight will depart London Heathrow at 16:45 and land into Johannesburg at 05:40 local time. The service will be the first Heathrow flight to land each morning making it perfect for business travellers or those with onward connections to the rest of Africa. The return flight will leave Johannesburg at 22:20 landing back into Heathrow at 07:30. The route has been timed to enable customers to easily connect onto flights with us and Delta to over 200 US destinations, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

All customers travelling to and from South Africa will enjoy the Virgin Atlantic award-winning service, and a choice of booking into the Upper Class, Premium or Economy cabins. Earlier this month Virgin Atlantic announced that it would introduce three new ticket types from Spring 2018 – Economy Light, Economy Classic and Economy Delight. The new South African flights will offer 36 Economy Delight seats on each service – with priority check-in and boarding, free seat selection and 34-inch extra legroom seats which are expected to be particularly popular on overnight flights.

London Heathrow to Johannesburg flight will operate on the following schedule:




Aircraft Type


London Heathrow 16:45


05:40 (+ 1 day)

Boeing 787-9




London Heathrow 07:30 (+1 day)

Boeing 787-9

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