The new service to Vancouver will commence 24 May 2012 and will operate four times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Initially the service will run throughout the summer up until 27 October 2012 and will see up to 40,000 passengers travelling between London and Vancouver in the first season.
The service will be operated by an A340-300 aircraft configured for 34 Upper Class seats, 35 premium economy seats and 171 in economy.
Virgin Atlantic will also launch a service between London and San Francisco. It will start operating from March 2012 and will run until October 2012. It will operate three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.