20 years of flying to Shanghai

By: Virgin Atlantic

May 23, 2019

Twenty years ago Richard launched our first service between London and Shanghai, and we've loved flying to the largest city on Earth ever since. To celebrate the anniversary of the first Shanghai to London flight we sent our customers off in style.

Richard heralds our arrival into Shanghai, 22 May 1999

Shanghai translates as ‘upon the sea’, a reference to its advantageous position on the Yangtze River Delta close to the South China Sea – a location that has allowed it to expand and prosper into the most populous city in the world.

Mr. Robin Andrews from British Consulate General, Shanghai

The ever-evolving city has grown into a leading business and finance centre, with an iconic skyline and the longest metro system in the world, not to mention the amazing Magalev train that takes you from the airport to the city at 400mph. It’s also home to a spectacular line-up of architectural must-sees, from 1930s art deco masterpieces to the futuristic skyscrapers of modern-day Shanghai, with more creativity on the horizon such as the stunning new Shanghai Grand Opera House set to open in 2023. And let’s not forget the high-end hotels, the world class shopping at a host of glittering malls, and the exciting dining and nightlife scene.

But for all the glitz and glamour, you’re never too far from peaceful gardens, ancient nearby water towns, and the many historic attractions that tell the story of this fascinating trading port.

Our Shanghai office team with the VS251 operating crew.

Visiting Shanghai from the UK or USA has never been easier since the introduction of the 144 hour visa exemption. We operate a daily service to Shanghai from London Heathrow on our 787-9 aircraft.

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