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First launched flights between London and Tokyo in May 1989

Virgin Atlantic celebrates 20 years of flying to Tokyo

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.

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