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Virgin Atlantic's first Airbus A350-1000 XWB named "Red Velvet." (Photo: Shaquille Khan)

Virgin Goes Big With Airbus A350-1000 Launch, Talks Expansion at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Airways entered a new era earlier this month when it launched service on its newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 XWB. Only the fifth carrier worldwide to operate the type, the addition of the aircraft is the second step in a fleet renewal that will see Virgin Atlantic adopting next-generation models and retiring its aging workhorses. [caption id="attachment_34814" align="alignnone" width="1024"] “Mamma Mia”, Virgin Atlantic’s first Airbus A350 (Photo: Virgin Atlantic)[/caption] Debuting the aircraft on the London-New York route, the…

Virgin Atlantic Debuts Airbus A350-1000 on London Heathrow to New…

Virgin Atlantic inaugurated its newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000XWB, on Tuesday, officially becoming the second British operator of the aircraft in revenue service. Flying between London and New York on the airline’s flagship route, the first aircraft, named Red Velvet, departed London’s Heathrow Airport a month and a day after…

Virgin Atlantic’s First Painted Airbus A350-1000XWB Unveiled

Virgin Atlantic’s first Airbus A350-1000 XWB has rolled out of the paint shop at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, named “Mamma Mia” and to be registered G-VPOP, is set to enter into service in August on the airline’s London-New York route and is the first of twelve…

Qatar Airways Schedules A350-1000 XWB on Aircraft’s Third U.S. Route

Qatar Airways is expanding its Airbus A350-1000 operation, sending its newest aircraft to Dallas for the summer 2019 season, according to Routes Online. Slated to join the route on July 1, 2019, the aircraft will serve Dallas until Oct. 26, 2019, the end of the summer season as specified by…