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Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 routes

24 Nov 2019 by Jenni Reid
Virgin Atlantic A350-1000. Credit: Airbus/A Doumenjou/Master Films

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.

Virgin Atlantic pilots

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.

The new Upper Class suite on Virgin Atlantic's A350-1000

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:

Flight review: Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Upper Class Suite

London Heathrow-Johannesburg

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).

Virgin Atlantic A350 economy seats

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.

London Heathrow-Lagos

The final route to receive an A350 next summer will be the daily service to Lagos, Nigeria from August.

Virgin Atlantic A350 premium economy

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:

virginatlantic.com

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