Toulouse, France - The first of the twelve Airbus A350-1000 ordered by Virgin Atlantic made its maiden flight on May 27 in Toulouse.
The aircraft took off from Toulouse facilities of the European aircraft manufacturer and landed at Hamburg Finkenwerder in Germany where it will receive its corporate livery.
The British carrier has not announced a date yet for the entry into service of its new wide-body jet. On several sources, it is said the aircraft will appear on the London-Heathrow - New York-JFK route at the end of August.
Virgin's Airbus A350-1000 will be configured to host 44 passengers in Business Class, 56 in Premium Class and 235 in Economy Class, 335 seats in total.
Four Airbus A350-1000 are expected to join the airline's fleet this year. The other eight will be delivered by the end of 2021.
Virgin Atlantic's new A350-1000s will be adorned with new icons which will replace the standard icon to reflect Britain’s diversity better. There will be five different icons on the new planes.
The first A350-1000 will feature the icon named Zadie.