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 first route to get the A350 will be the busy Heathrow to JFK link.
The aircraft is set to initially operate six flights per week on the route from September 10, departing Heathrow on flight VS153 at 1330, arriving into JFK at 1625, returning on VS138 at 1900, landing back into London at 0720 the following day.
From September 25, the outbound A350 service will switch to flight VS137, departing Heathrow at 1150 and arriving into New York at 1450.
Until October 26 the aircraft will not operate on Thursdays, and between October 27 and March 28, 2020, it will not operate on Tuesdays.
London Heathrow-Los Angeles International
Though details are not yet confirmed, Virgin has announced that the second route to get the A350 will be Heathrow-LAX.
So far, those are the only routes that have been announced.
With three more A350s due for delivery before the end of 2019, and another eight the following year, we will continue to update this page as new routes 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