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As Virgin Atlantic continues to take delivery of its highly anticipated new Airbus A350 aircraft, featuring the all-new Upper Class product, the airline has announced it will continue to dedicate this aircraft to its flagship New York (JFK) route.

While competitor British Airways has decided to deploy its new A350 on various routes, including Dubai, Toronto, Tel Aviv and Bangalore, Virgin is concentrating its A350s to a single route between London Heathrow (LHR) and New York (JFK).

Virgin Atlantic A350 Upper Class. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy)

The airline continues to adjust its New York schedule, with A350 services regularly swapping flight numbers over the course the rest of the year. While it’s likely these adjustments will continue, Routes Online reports that from 9 December 2019, the following daily frequency will also be A350-operated:

  • VS45 London (LHR) 2:35pm Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 5:30pm Arrival
  • VS46 New York (JFK) 8pm Departure ⇒ London (LHR) 7:55am Arrival (+1)

This will complement the other three daily A350 services on the route at that time:

  • VS3 London (LHR) 8:50am Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 11:45am Arrival
  • VS137 London (LHR) 12:30pm Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 3:20pm Arrival (Tuesday service not operated by A350)
  • VS9 London (LHR) 3:55pm Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 6:55pm Arrival
  • VS4 New York (JFK) 6:30pm Departure ⇒ London (LHR) 6:30am (+1) Arrival
  • VS10 New York (JFK) 10pm Departure ⇒ London (LHR) 9:50am (+1) Arrival
  • VS138 New York (JFK) 7pm Departure ⇒ London (LHR) 7:20am (+1) Arrival

If you are keen to try out this new product, look for ‘A350’ or ‘A351’ as the aircraft type when booking your flights — and note these are subject to change. Here’s how you can book this product with miles and points.

If your flight does change from an A350 back to another aircraft type with the older (current) Upper Class product, you may wish to contact Virgin directly to explain the issue and see if you can switch to another flight.

Stay tuned for a full TPG review of Virgin’s new A350 product as soon as it commences operations.

Featured image courtesy of Airbus

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