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…