Virgin Atlantic Cargo has appointed John Giannitelli as regional sales manager in the US as it commences its biggest-ever transatlantic summer schedule.
Based at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport in his new role, he joins from Aer Lingus, where he ran the airline’s sales and reservations operation for the US.
Prior to Aer Lingus, he spent nine years at Qantas covering the East Coast of the US. As regional sales manager for the US he will be responsible for developing and driving Virgin Atlantic’s revenue performance.
Virgin Atlantic has been one of the most consistent providers of transatlantic cargo capacity for over 30 years and in 2016, in conjunction with joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines, it will have a 27 per cent market share of capacity on one of the world’s busiest and most competitive trade lanes.
Virgin Atlantic senior vice president for cargo, John Lloyd said: “Given our significant presence on the transatlantic market and the broad range of destinations we offer, we are delighted to be welcoming John to our team. His experience and contacts in the U.S. will be invaluable as we look to increase our share of the market.”
The airline now provides customers with a choice of services to and from 12 US cities Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington.
Flights operate to London’s main Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Atlanta has a daily service to and from Manchester in the north of England. There are also direct Las Vegas and Orlando flights into and out of Manchester and a seasonal Orlando operation to and from Glasgow in Scotland.
Giannitelli adds: “This is an exciting time to be joining Virgin Atlantic Cargo. We have a great choice of services to offer our customers and I am very much looking forward to working with the Virgin Atlantic sales team and to build on their great work, which has established us as one of the leading carriers from the US.”
Virgin Atlantic customers in the US also enjoy quick and easy access to the airline’s road feeder services from London to over 50 destinations in Europe and Scandinavia as well as onward Virgin flight connections to Delhi, Dubai, Johannesburg, Lagos, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Including interline agreements, Virgin Atlantic now offers connections to over 400 destinations globally.