Virgin Atlantic will begin flying the B787-9 to Hong Kong from July 5. The Dreamliner will replace the incumbent A340-600 that serves London Heathrow–Hong Kong daily.
The replacement of the A340-600 on the London Heathrow–Hong Kong route will have a significant impact on seating capacity. The B787-9 offers 31 seats in Upper Class, 35 in premium economy and 198 in economy, as compared to the Airbus aircraft that has 45 seats in Upper Class, 38 in premium economy and 225 in economy.
Virgin Atlantic B787-9
With a total of four B787-9s in its fleet and a further 13 on order, Virgin is looking to progressively replace its ageing A340 aircraft from service.
The carrier currently operates two variants of the Airbus aircraft – the A340-300 and A340-600. The former is due to be retired by the end of the month, while the latter will be gradually withdrawn as more Dreamliners enter service.
Upper Class bar on the B787-9
Virgin Atlantic currently operates the route under the VS200/201 flight number. However, according to airlineroute.net, these designated codes will be replaced by VS206/207 respectively.
Flight VS206 departs London Heathrow at 2230 and arrives in Hong Kong at 1730 the following day. The return flight VS207 will then take off from Hong Kong at 2345 and arrive back in London at 0525 the next day.
To read a Tried & Tested review of Virgin Atlantic’s new Upper Class seat on the B787-9, click here.
For more information, visit virgin-atlantic.com