The new A350
On 8 July, Virgin Atlantic opened bookings for transatlantic flights by its new Airbus A350.
The aircraft’s first commercial service is expected on September 10 from London Heathrow to New York JFK.
Virgin Atlantic’s version of the new long-range aircraft features a redesigned Upper Class cabin, as well as The Loft social space.
Four A350’s are due to join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year and will initially fly between Heathrow and JFK.
Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of a further eight A350’s throughout 2020-2021 with full schedule and destination information set to be revealed in due course.
All of the airlines initial A350’s will be based at London Heathrow.
The final five aircraft will offer a leisure configuration and operate routes to Florida and the Caribbean from Gatwick and Manchester.
These deliveries will take place in 2021 as the airline begins to retire its Boeing 747 fleet.
Virgin Atlantic announced last month in June that it was to be the first UK airline to seal a firm order for 14 Airbus A330-900neos, with an additional six as options.