19 AUGUST 2019


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Article from BTNews 19 AUGUST 2019

A350 momentum builds at Virgin

The third and fourth Airbus A350-1000 of the 12 ordered by Virgin Atlantic have been added to the airline’s schedules over the next few weeks following arrival of the first aircraft, named Red Velvet, at Gatwick just over a week ago.

The airline has also confirmed Heathrow – Los Angeles will be the second route to feature the A350. It said operations were scheduled to begin “from next year”, but was unable to add further clarification on the date.

As already announced (see BTN Virgin doubles A350 New York frequency), the first aircraft will enter service on the prestige Heathrow – New York JFK route on 10 September, with the second joining in two weeks later.

Virgin Atlantic crews are being trained on an A350 mock-up installed at the airline’s crew centre in Crawley as the new timetable takes shape, with Flights VS3/VS4 switching from a Boeing B787 to an A350 from 5 November.

This will give Virgin Atlantic three daily A350 services except on Tuesdays, when there will be two. The move will be followed by a similar adjustment from 9 December, when Flights VS45/VS46 will also become A350 services.

The next four aircraft of the Virgin Atlantic order are expected to be delivered in 2020.


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