Virgin Atlantic reveals fifth A350 destination, additional frequencies to U.S.
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Virgin Atlantic is continuing to expand its route network, adding frequencies and new aircraft. Since beginning to roll out its brand-new Airbus A350 aircraft on routes between London and New York, the airline has remained tight-lipped as to what other destinations — in addition to New York and Los Angeles — will get its newest jet.
However, on Tuesday, the carrier unveiled a slew of new A350 destinations and additional frequencies to its route network that will kick in, for the most part, in summer 2020.
With the announcement, we now know that Virgin will operate the A350 to a total of five destinations as of August 2020, as well as increasing frequencies to San Francisco and Delhi, India.
New A350 routes
On Tuesday, Virgin announced the next routes to get the A350 aircraft — an improvement over its older aircraft, especially in Upper Class.
By August 2020, the aircraft will fly to five destinations in Virgin’s network, and all of its flights to Africa will be operated by the A350. Here’s the planned rollout of the aircraft for Virgin:
- Beginning March 2020 — daily service from London to Johannesburg (JNB)
- Beginning April 2020 — daily service from London to Los Angeles (LAX)
- Beginning May 2020 — daily service from London to San Francisco (SFO)
- From August 2020 — daily service from London to Lagos (LOS)
Virgin first began flying its new Airbus A350 in September, with its inaugural flight between London Heathrow (LHR) and New York (JFK). And it doubled down on its New York A350 operations by announcing it would fly the route four times per day with the aircraft.
On board, passengers can expect an elevated experience in Upper Class, with the introduction of Virgin’s Upper Class Suite. You can watch the TPG U.K. review in all three cabins in the video below:
The airline has a total of 12 A350-1000 on order, and it expects to finish taking delivery of them by 2021. The more fuel-efficient aircraft are set to replace the airline’s aging fleet of A340-600 and Boeing 747 aircraft.
More San Francisco service
In the summer, Virgin Atlantic already flies from London Heathrow (LHR) to San Francisco (SFO) twice daily, with the exception of Fridays, when it only offers one daily service. However, that’s changing in the summer 2020 season.
The new weekly flight will leave for SFO on Fridays, giving the day a second service. From May 2020, Virgin will fly the A350 on the LHR-SFO route, which will replace one of the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Additional and revised India operations
As part of its summer 2020 route network enhancements, the airline is introducing a second daily frequency between London Heathrow and Delhi, India (DEL). The second daily route will begin service on 29 March 2020, and will go on sale 23 November 2019.
While exact timings haven’t yet been revealed, Virgin said that the outbound flight will depart from Heathrow in the morning.
In October, Virgin relaunched its route between Heathrow and Mumbai, India (BOM). Now, for the summer season, it’s altering that schedule slightly. Currently, it operates on the following schedule:
- VS354 London Heathrow (LHR) 10:30 a.m. Departure → Mumbai (BOM) 00:55 a.m. (+1) Arrival
- VS355 Mumbai (BOM) 3 a.m. Departure → London Heathrow (LHR) 07:15 a.m. Arrival
However, as of the summer scheduled change, the Mumbai-bound flight will depart in the evening, as opposed to the morning.
Virgin’s continuing to change its plans with the rolling out of its A350 aircraft. As of May 2020, three U.S. destinations will be connected to London by a Virgin A350: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees