Virgin Atlantic put its first Airbus A350 into the sky
Tuesday, serving New York-London Heathrow.
The aircraft features redesigned cabins and is the first of
12 A350-1000s that Virgin Atlantic expects to receive through 2021. Three more
of the planes are slated to arrive this year, all of which will be put into
service on one of the carrier’s five daily roundtrips between London and New
Virgin Atlantic expects to deploy the A350 on Heathrow-Los
Angeles service next year and to use the aircraft on London Gatwick-Orlando in
Features of the redesign include new lie-flat pods in
business class (called Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic). Upper Class also will
have a lounge area called The Loft, which Virgin says is the largest social
space across any of its aircraft.
In the economy cabin, new seats will have six-way adjustable