Virgin Atlantic has announced the routes that will be operated by its new A350 aircraft next summer.
The aircraft, which features a new Upper Class cabin, will fly to Johannesburg from March 2020, Los Angeles from April 2020 (VS23/VS24), San Francisco from May 2020 (VS19/VS20) and Lagos from August 2020.
Johannesburg will be reduced from a twice-daily B787 service to a daily one on the A350.
Virgin’s A350 debuted on Heathrow-JFK in September and will continue to serve the popular route next year.
The airline has 12 A350-1000 aircraft on order, all of which are scheduled to join its fleet by 2021.
Virgin also today said it will add a second daily flight on its Heathrow-Delhi service and an extra weekly flight to San Francisco during the summer 2020 season.
With the launch of flights to Mumbai from Heathrow last month, it will take Virgin to three daily services to India next summer. The additional Delhi flights will begin on March 29, departing Heathrow in the morning to complement the current evening service. Mumbai will be retimed to an evening departure.
An additional Friday service will take its San Francisco route to twice-daily. It currently flies 13 times per week.
Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said:
“Next year will mark twenty years since Virgin Atlantic started flying to Delhi, and the service continues to grow in popularity for both business and leisure travel.
“The second daily service from Heathrow is an excellent opportunity to meet customer demand on this route and, coupled with our new service to Mumbai, we’re able to offer even more choice and unrivalled Virgin Atlantic service to customers travelling between the UK and India.”
The carrier will also boost capacity on several leisure-oriented routes from Manchester next summer.