Toulouse, France - Virgin Atlantic has received its first Airbus A350-1000 at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse.
The delivery came two weeks after rival British Airways took delivery of its first A350-1000 and began scheduled flights with the aircraft last week.
Virgin's first Airbus A350-1000 is configured to accommodate 335 passengers - 44 in the new Business Class, 56 in Premium Economy, and 235 in Economy Class.
The most prominent innovation on Virgin’s A350-1000s is a revamped on-board bar named "The Loft". It’s designed for passengers to socialize while they are enjoying their drinks or dinner with friends.
The aircraft registered G-VLUX will carry out its first scheduled flight from London-Heathrow to New York JFK on September 10.
Virgin Atlantic has 11 more Airbus A350-1000 on its backlog, which are intended to replace remaining eight Boeing 747-400 and six Airbus A340-600 in the fleet. The company will take the delivery of its all A350-1000s through 2021.
The airline also expects fourteen A330-900 to replace its older generation A330s. Almost the entire fleet of Virgin Atlantic will be renewed except the Boeing 787s.