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It’s official: You can now book flights on Virgin Atlantic’s brand new A350-1000 aircraft from London (LHR) to New York (JFK). The date of the first flight has been set to depart 10 September, and there are still tickets available so you can be one of the first to experience the airline’s brand new product. Return economy fares start at around £360.

Flight Times

Initially there will only be one flight per day in each direction with the A350:

  • VS153 London (LHR) 1:30pm Departure → New York (JFK) 4:25pm Arrival
  • VS138 New York (JFK) 7:00pm Departure → London (LHR) 7:20am Arrival

As of 25 September, there will be a slight change to the outbound flight that the A350 will operate:

  • VS137 London (LHR) 1:30pm Departure → New York (JFK) 2:50pm Arrival
  • VS138 New York (JFK) 7:00pm Departure → London (LHR) 7:20am Arrival

The plane features the airline’s brand new Upper Class suite, which, if you’ve ever flown the current and slightly outdated Upper Class, will be music to your ears.

New Upper Class suite. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy)

Using Flying Club Miles

The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club can offer some magnificent value. In addition to earning miles by flying with Virgin Atlantic, you can also earn Flying Club miles by using one of the airline’s two Mastercard credit cards. The airline is also a transfer partner of the American Express Membership Rewards program, meaning it can be easy to rack up miles quickly.

Redemptions across Virgin’s three cabins are pretty good value with return flights to New York (JFK) starting at 20,000 in economy, going up slightly to 35,000 for premium economy and 95,000 miles in the new Upper Class suite. Note that each ticket incurs fees that need to be paid in cash on top of the miles.

Featured image by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy 

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