Virgin Atlantic Receives First A350

Virgin Atlantic took delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. Through 2021, the British airline will receive eleven more aircraft of this model.

The plane is outfitted with 44 business class, 56 premium economy class, and 235 economy class seats. For its new planes, the airline designed an enhanced Upper Class suite with bigger privacy partitions and a wider entertainment screen. It will also provide Upper Class fliers with a new social lounge which accommodates up to eight passengers. The plane will enter commercial service on Virgin’s popular route between London-Heathrow and New York-JFK.

This year, the airline took two other steps to rejuvenate its fleet. In April, it confirmed its intention to retire its eight remaining Boeing 747-400 aircraft. At the Paris Air Show in June, the company signed an A330neo deal with Airbus encompassing fourteen firm orders and six options.

British Airways, Virgin’s primary competitor, received its first A350 last month. Earlier this summer, Japan Airlines and China Southern Airlines also took delivery of their first planes of this model.

Source: Virgin Atlantic