Virgin Atlantic’s newest aircraft will enter service on the Heathrow-New York run on 10 September, the airline has confirmed.
The new Airbus A350, which features a redesigned Upper Class cabin, will initially operate the VS153/158 JFK flights from 10-24 September. The A350 will be used on this service every day except Thursday, when it is scheduled for maintenance.
From 25 September to 26 October, the A350 will operate VS137/8 every day except Thursday, although the maintenance day switches to Tuesday from 27 October.
Four A350s will join the fleet by the end of 2019, all of them initially on the Heathrow-JFK route. Another eight will be delivered by 2021, with the final five in a leisure configuration operating to Florida and the Caribbean. They will be based at Gatwick and Manchester, replacing the Boeing 747 fleet.