First Airbus A350-1000 of Virgin Atlantic to continue flight tests

Toulouse - Airbus performed one more test flight with the first A350-1000 for Virgin Atlantic.

The aircraft made the flight in full livery this time but, Zadie, one of the newly introduced flying icons of the British carrier is still missing.

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Virgin Atlantic has ordered twelve Airbus A350-1000, which should gradually replace the older Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A340-600s in the fleet.

The plane is configured to accommodate 335 passengers in total - 44 in Business Class, 56 in Premium Economy and the rest in Economy Class.

It was given the name 'Mamma Mia'. 'Zadie' will be the first flying icon to be used on the livery after Virgin's legendary 'Flying Lady', which is intended to reflect the airline's diversity policy.

Virgin Atlantic will deploy its A350-1000 on its London - NewYork route from September 10. The tickets are already on sale on the airline's corporate website.

Read: Virgin Atlantic to debut its first Airbus A350-1000 on September 10