Virgin Atlantic Cargo to commence a twice-weekly cargo-only service.
In a press release, Virgin Atlantic Cargo writes that is extending its cargo-only network to Evenes, Nothern Norway, operating flights between London Heathrow and the country for the first time in its history.
This in collaboration with Kuehne+Nagel.
The first official flight will depart on Wednesday 3rd February, and the airline is set to offer twice-weekly flights on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft offering over 100 tonnes of capacity each week, primarily serving the Norwegian seafood and fish industry to travel onwards to various US destinations and other gateways on Virgin’s network.
For exports to the US, the service will allow cargo to reach its destination up to 72 hours faster than current solutions through Oslo. The route expects to carry large quantities of fresh salmon.
Virgin Atlantic said that flying a wide-body aircraft into Harstad/Narvik airport at Evenes posed challenges to ensure the route was operationally viable. Working closely with Kuehne+Nagel counterparts, the team operated a test flight Wednesday 27th January as part of the launch preparations.