Which routes will Virgin Atlantic fly their new A350 Upper Class Suite on in November?

Oct 26, 2021

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Back in 2019, Virgin Atlantic presented their long-awaited new business class product, the Upper Class Suite. For now, the new product is exclusively available on Virgin’s flagship aircraft: the Airbus A350-1000. Since the Upper Class Suite is a significantly better product than the regular Upper Class seats, it’s definitely worthwhile to pick flights based on the aircraft they are operated by where possible.

Let’s take a look at Virgin’s schedule for November and December to see which routes will be operated by aircraft with the new product.

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In the upcoming winter, as demand for long-haul flights returns, Virgin Atlantic will fly long-haul operations almost exclusively with their A350 and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft as reported by Routes Online. This makes sense, as these aircraft are more modern and fuel-efficient than the older A330’s still in the fleet, though these older aircraft may occasionally pop up now and again.

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The new Upper Class Suites are only found on the airline’s A350 aircraft. This aircraft will operate the triple daily service from London (LHR) to New York (JFK) as well as the daily Lagos (LOS) route.

Also, Virgin plans on switching service to both Johannesburg (JNB) and Atlanta (ATL) to a daily A350 flight. This swap was supposed to happen in mid-November but has been pushed back to December.

Aside from these A350-only routes, Los Angeles (LAX) will feature on daily A350 flight as well as one daily B787 service. The VS23 afternoon departure is currently the A350 service, with the morning VS7 flight featuring the older product.

All other Virgin Atlantic long-haul routes are mostly operated by the 787-9 Dreamliner and will therefore feature the older Upper Class product.

Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Upper Class
Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Upper Class (Photo by Nicky Kelvin / TPG)

Keep in mind that schedules are subject to change and it’s worthwhile to keep an eye out for any equipment changes, as Virgin does not provide a refund in case of a ‘downgrade’.

Featured image by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy

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