Virgin Atlantic delays the retirement of its A340 aircraft yet again

Oct 29, 2019

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Virgin Atlantic has extended the life of its Airbus A340-600 aircraft yet again. Published in the carrier’s 26 October schedule update and spotted by RoutesOnline, Virgin Atlantic has extended the service of its A340-600s until early January 2020.

The latest schedule update from Virgin Atlantic shows the A340-600 continuing service until 5 January 2020. Between 7 November 2019 and 5 January 2020, the A340-600 will operate on the following frequencies:

  • London Gatwick (LGW) to Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) — 7 December
  • London Heathrow (LHR) to Atlanta (ATL) — 7 November 2019 through 5 January 2020 (daily)
  • London Heathrow (LHR) to Lagos, Nigeria (LOS) — 13 December through 28 December (2x weekly, 3x weekly for the week of 21 December)
  • London Heathrow (LHR) to New York (JFK)
    • VS45/VS46 until 8 December
    • VS25/VS26 14 December through 28 December (2x weekly)
  • Manchester (MAN) to Atlanta (ATL) — 14 December through 21 December

As always with airline operations, the above schedules and frequencies are subject to change. If you’re booking one of these flights to try and get a last flight on the A346 before Virgin sends its planes into retirement, be sure to stay updated about the flight ops in the lead up to your trip to make sure the aircraft isn’t swapped out.

In September, Virgin unveiled its plans to keep the four-engine aircraft in service until 8 December. This delay in retirement is likely due to ongoing issues with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine issues that the airline has on its 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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