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Flying to Dubai: which airline should you book?

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  • By Francesca Brooking
  • Published 05 June 2023

Planning a trip to Dubai to enjoy the winter sun? Good news! Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be relaunching its link from London to Dubai this autumn after a four-year hiatus. This means there will be a choice of three airlines regularly serving the City of Gold from the UK. 

Here’s everything you need to know about flying to Dubai as well as a quick comparison on which airline is best for you. 

Virgin Atlantic relaunches its flight to Dubai

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be resuming its flights from London Heathrow to Dubai International Airport between October and March. This relaunch follows a hiatus since 2019 while the carrier reviewed its network. 

The service will run four times a week and flights can be booked from 7th June 2023. These reinstated flights come just in time to catch the best time of year to visit Dubai. 

From October to March, travellers can enjoy the winter sun without temperatures getting too hot. 

Virgin Atlantic now joins two other airlines serving Dubai from the UK on a regular basis – British Airways and Emirates. Royal Brunei Airlines also runs on select days. 

Dubai is a top luxury winter sun destination

Dubai is a top luxury winter sun destination

Which airline to choose for your flights to Dubai

Travellers to Dubai now have three main flight carriers to choose from – Emirates, British Airways and now Virgin Atlantic. So, which one is right for you? 

Here’s a quickfire comparison of all three to help you decide: 

Three airlines fly regularly to Dubai from the UK

Three airlines fly regularly to Dubai from the UK
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Where do they fly from?

Virgin Atlantic: London Heathrow Airport 

London Heathrow Airport, London Stansted, London Gatwick, Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport and Glasgow Airport

British Airways: London Heathrow Airport

How often do they fly?

Virgin Atlantic: Four times a week

Emirates: Two to three times a day depending on the airport

British Airways: Three times a day

When do they fly to Dubai?

Virgin Atlantic: October to March

Emirates: All year round 

British Airways: All year round 

Which aircrafts do they use?

Virgin Atlantic: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Emirates: Boeing 777, Airbus A380

British Airways:
Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Boeing 787-10

What do you receive as standard?

Virgin Atlantic: Economy Light, Economy Classic and Economy Delight give you reclining seats, USB power, AC power, blanket and pillow, headphones, entertainment screen and dining. Classic and Delight offer checked baggage options. 

Upgrade to Premium and receive extra large seats and legroom, two checked bags, glass of bubbly, premium menu to pre-order from, premium check-in and priority boarding. 

Emirates: Economy Class travellers receive spacious seating, an entertainment screen, complimentary in-flight drinks, an award-winning menu, pillow and blanket and a checked luggage allowance. 

Premium Economy travellers receive all that and more with upgraded seating. 

British Airways: World Traveller Economy Class can choose between Basic and Standard with comfortable seats, baggage options, in-flight dining and entertainment. 

Step it up a notch with Premium Economy for extra legroom, extra checked luggage and priority boarding. 

Business Class on an Emirates aircraft

Business Class on an Emirates aircraft

What do you get if you upgrade?

Virgin Atlantic: Upgrade to Upper Class and receive all the benefits of Premium alongside luxury four-course dining, fast-track and private security plus access to Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses. 

Emirates: Business and First Class travellers receive award-winning luxury comfort, fine-dining, privacy doors and an on-board lounge. Those in First Class also get access to a shower spa. 

British Airways: Upgrade to Business Class and receive lounge access, dedicated check-in, full flat beds and a premium menu. First Class travellers receive all that and more in a private suite. 

With the relaunch of Virgin Atlantic’s flight to Dubai, the City of Gold is now even more accessible. 

Operating four times a week from Heathrow Airport between October and March, this service is just in time for the winter sun season. 

Now all you’ve got to do is choose which airline flying to Dubai is right for you. Need a little help? Call our expert personal travel managers and they will answer all your questions. 

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