Although British Airways has now scheduled a couple of reconfigured 777 aircraft (complete with its new Business Class cabin) to operate between London and New York later this year, Virgin Atlantic has managed to steal a march on its competitor by scheduling its first four A350 aircraft to serve the New York market....and it's stolen a march in another US market too.
Virgin Atlantic will be introducing its new A350-1000 to London Heathrow – New York JFK route from 10 September, and the reason for all the excitement surrounding the introduction of the A350 to Virgin’s schedules it that the aircraft comes equipped with Virgin’s new Upper Class (Business Class) cabin.
Virgin Atlantic only recently announced the flights on which you can try out its new Upper Class suite and now it looks as if the airline has loaded a very good fare on which you can try it out.
Virgin Atlantic will be taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft over the summer and the aircraft will come with the airline's all-new Upper Class Cabin. We've known for a while that the Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 would debut on the London - New York route, but there hadn't been any sign of the aircraft appearing in the schedules...until today.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic have been growing closer and closer since the US carrier bought a controlling stake in Virgin back in 2012 so, with both airlines often saying that they're looking to offer passengers a similar experience regardless which carrier they fly with, it was only a matter of time before Virgin Atlantic followed Delta's lead and chose the Airbus A330-900neo to replace part of its aging fleet.
On April 8th Virgin Atlantic released details of the new Business Class seat it will be installing on its soon to be delivered Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and the new seat received a mixed reception.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic have announced that they will begin to offer non-stop service to London's Gatwick Airport from Boston Logan and New York JFK in summer 2020.
Earlier today Virgin Atlantic's Twitter account put out a teaser suggesting that the airline would be announcing a new route to a destination in the southern hemisphere which has more than 6,000 pizzerias and is "famous for football" (soccer). That destination has now been confirmed as Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Later this year Virgin Atlantic will be taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and with it the airline will be introducing new Premium Economy and Business Class cabins...but we know next to nothing about what to expect from the new products.
Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are both currently offering very good Business Class deals for travel between Brussels and Shanghai for travel though to the end of the current booking period.