Virgin Atlantic has taken delivery of its first A350, the new fuel-efficient, long-range aircraft from Airbus.
The carrier has 12 orders for the A350-1000 variant, which are set to arrive between now and 2021.
It promises various cabin upgrades, including new Upper Class (business) seats in a 1-2-1 configuration angled towards the windows. The 44-inch, fully-flat seats no longer require the passenger to get out to be converted into a bed.
The cabin also features a new social space called The Loft, which has a 32-inch TV screen with the ability to connect individual headsets via Bluetooth. See more of the interiors here.
Premium economy is configured 2-4-2 across five rows, while economy is configured 3-3-3.
So where can you fly the aircraft to?
London Heathrow-New York JFK
The A350 debuted on Virgin’s Heathrow-JFK route in September 2019. Read our review from the inaugural flight here:
Johannesburg will move from a twice-daily B787 Dreamliner service to a daily A350 service from March 2020.
London Heathrow-Los Angeles International
From April 2020, Virgin will fly the A350 to LAX on services VS23 and VS24 (though the exact flight is subject to change).
London Heathrow-San Francisco
From May 2020, the A350 will be introduced to VS19 and VS20 between Heathrow and San Francisco, also subject to change.
The final route to receive an A350 next summer will be the daily service to Lagos, Nigeria from August.
So far, those are the only routes that have been announced.
Virgin has a total of 12 A350s on order, all of which are set to be in service by 2021, and we will continue to update this page as updates are announced.
Here’s a round-up of our past coverage of the A350:
- Airbus A350: What you need to know
- Virgin Atlantic releases video of new A350 interiors
- Virgin Atlantic releases behind-the-scenes A350 interior design video
- Virgin Atlantic unveils new A350 Upper Class suite
- The big picture: Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350
- Virgin Atlantic opens A350 JFK reservations
- Virgin Atlantic confirms Los Angeles as second A350 route
- Virgin Atlantic confirms A350-1000 order
- British Airways A350-1000 routes