22 JULY 2019


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Article from BTNews 22 JULY 2019

Virgin Atlantic A350 goes on sale

Featuring a redesigned Upper Class cabin and a one-of-a-kind social space called The Loft (BTN 15 April), Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350-1000 (below) has gone on sale with the first commercial service, Heathrow – New York, due on 10 September.

Four A350s – Mamma Mia, Red Velvet, Rain Bow and Queen of Hearts – will join the airline’s fleet by the end of this year, with all four aircraft flying the New York route.

Virgin will continue to take delivery of a further eight A350s throughout 2020 and 2021 and says full schedule and destination information will be revealed in due course. All the initial A350 deliveries will be based at Heathrow.

The final five aircraft will have a leisure configuration and will operate routes to Florida and the Caribbean from Gatwick and Manchester Airport. These deliveries will take place in 2021 as the airline begins to retire its 747 fleet.

The Loft, the largest social space in the Virgin fleet, is designed for passengers to gather, chat, enjoy a drink or dine with friends, while the A350 also offers the redesigned Upper Class suite boasting window-facing seats and deployable privacy screens.


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