A fresh Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 emerged from Toulouse, France earlier today.
It’s the first out of the twelve A350’s on order with a registration of G-VLUX. British-made Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines (30% more fuel efficiency than the Boeing 747-400), will be installed.
Unlike the projected design, the wingtips include their classic logo.
Months ago, Virgin Atlantic released an order of 8 A350-1000s to be purchased and 4 additional to be leased. They are worth $4.4 billion at list prices, however airlines may receive a substantial discount.
Surprisingly, they will have different configurations for leisure and business routes. The business fleet will seat up to 360 passengers while the leisure fleet will seat up to 410. Both configurations will have economy, premium economy and upper class.
Virgin says, “The aircraft will be deployed initially at London Heathrow to strengthen the trans-Atlantic network on existing business routes, and subsequently at Gatwick airport on leisure routes to the Caribbean. The A350 is helping to create one of the youngest, cleanest, greenest fleets in the sky”
The -1000 variant offers significantly lower fuel consumption and noise. Benefits include large panoramic windows, cleaner air with an advanced filtration system, lower cabin altitude which reduces fatigue and jet lag, and larger cabin baggage storage bins.
In six years, the A350s will eventually replace Virgin Atlantic’s iconic Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A340-600s.