12 AUGUST 2019
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With New York in the Airbus A350 spotlight as Virgin Atlantic moves to be first on the route with its new aircraft on 10 September (BTN last week), the airline is now planning to boost the service with a second A350 two weeks later.
Announcing initial plans for the aircraft earlier this year, Virgin said it considered LHR – JFK a flagship route and now appears to be thinking of using more of its A350s to serve it rather than putting the aircraft on different destinations.
If the second A350 is deployed on 24 September, it means Virgin will be operating 13 flights in each direction every week. A different aircraft is to be used on Thursdays to allow planned maintenance on the A350s.
Virgin Atlantic’s A350s feature the new Upper Class (BTN 15 April) designed in partnership with frequent flyers and complete with a bar where passengers can gather and chat while having a drink.
Other features in the 1+2+1 layout include every seat facing toward a window and fitted with a deployable privacy screen, a fully flatbed capability and 5in entertainment screen that can be linked to a passenger’s personal electronic devices.
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