Virgin Atlantic Opens A350 Bookings to JFK
by Traveleads | July 12, 2019 | In The Air Latest News
Customers are now able to book transAtlantic flights on the new Airbus A350, named Red Velvet. The aircrafts first commercial service is expected to take off on September 10th from Heathrow to New York JFK.
The new aircraft features some big upgrades across all three cabins.
Upper Class customers have a new social space, The Loft, where they can relax. It is the largest social space in Virgin Atlantic’s fleet and is designed for customers to chat, enjoy a drink or dine with friends.
The Loft extends the Clubhouse experience to the skies with a wide range of cocktails, dining options and the Mile High afternoon tea all on offer. Customers can also settle in with Bluetooth headphones and connect to the 32-inch screen and watch a show.
Upper Class customers can enjoy a sky view from their seat as each one now faces the window. As always, all suites transition seamlessly from an upright seat to a bed, allowing customers to get some rest during their flight. They also have Virgin Atlantic’s largest ever inflight entertainment screen at 18.5 inches with an intuitive new system which is controlled by customers’ own personal devices.
Customers in the Premium and Economy cabins will also enjoy a number of upgrades on the new aircraft. These cabins now have larger panoramic windows, bigger screens, increased storage space and feel more spacious thanks to the illuminated dome ceiling design.
“The introduction of our A350 represents a true evolution of our customer experience. We believe flying should be exciting, whether it’s your first or 100th flight with them and that’s why they have elevated their offering to provide customers with something totally unique,” Mark Anderson, executive vice president of customer at Virgin Atlantic, said. “The A350 forms a significant part of our fleet transformation strategy and by 2022 we’ll have our youngest, cleanest, greenest fleet in the sky.”
Virgin Atlantic has ordered 12 Airbus A350-100 aircraft and they are scheduled to join the fleet by 2021. The aircraft continues the airline’s investment in a more sustainable fleet. It is designed to be 30 per cent more fuel and carbon efficient than previous aircraft that Virgin Atlantic have used. The A350 is also quiter than any other aircraft in the Virgin Atlantic fleet and will reduce the airline’s noise footprint by more than half.
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