Virgin Atlantic will next year roster a B787-9 Dreamliner to Delhi.
The route will be first time that the British carrier has rostered one of its B787-9s away from the transatlantic market, suggesting it is committed to the Indian market.
From March 29, the state-of-the-art aircraft will operate flight VS300, departing London Heathrow at 2200 and arriving into Delhi at 1040 the following day.
Return service VS301 leaves Delhi at 1325 and lands in London at 1755, reports airlineroute.net.
As Business Traveller has previously noted (see news, June 22), the plane will initially be involved in flying to Washington DC, Boston and New York Newark.
But unlike other large European carriers who attract many passengers to fly with them right through to North America, it would appear (judging by the schedules) that Virgin Atlantic is aiming mainly at the point-to-point traveller.
Current flight schedules would suggest that New York alone would offer the best transfer opportunities.
Virgin Atlantic’s B787-9 aircraft will have a three-class configuration with 31 seats in Upper Class, 35 in premium economy and 198 in economy.