UK based Virgin Atlantic Airways has
selected the A350-1000, the largest
member of the A350 Family, to become
the latest aircraft in its fleet, operating
from both London Heathrow and
Gatwick airports. The airline is
purchasing eight A350-1000s for
deliveries commencing in 2019, and four
new aircraft on long term leases from
ALC from 2020, including a lease
“option” for a fifth aircraft.
The A350-1000 was selected after
intense and detailed evaluation of the
current and future alternatives. The
airline will benefit from state-of-the-art
technology and the latest cabin product
innovations to satisfy the most exacting
customer expectations. Airport
operations and neighbouring
communities will benefit from the use of
an environmentally efficient aircraft with
low pollution credentials and half the
noise impact compared to rival aircraft.
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, where Virgin Atlantic will
provide three classes of customer
service in the A350s distinctive Airbus
‘Airspace’ cabin with roomy overhead
bins and the latest concepts for
ambience, comfort, service and design.
The United Kingdom Prime Minister
David Cameron said, “I welcome the
news of Virgin Atlantic’s investment. As
well as being good news for passengers,
it’s great news for jobs in the UK. The
fantastic Airbus A350 is built in the UK,
with Rolls-Royce engines and suppliers
across the country. It’s an investment in
the UK itself, and our world-beating
aerospace industry.”
Craig Kreeger, CEO Virgin Atlantic said:
“The size of this order demonstrates our
absolute focus on investing in the future
for our customers and our people, and
confirms the strength of our business.
The A350-1000 plays a pivotal role in
our fleet programme, helping to create
one of the youngest, cleanest, greenest
fleets in the sky. We’re looking forward
to introducing this aircraft to our
customers, as its impressive economics,
fuel performance, and quiet flying offer
an irresistible proposition that makes
long haul travel more enjoyable and
better for the environment.”
“This agreement allows Virgin Atlantic to
set the standard on its network by being
amongst the first airlines into service
with the A350-1000, with an Airspace
by Airbus cabin, offering superior
comfort including industry leading 18″
wide seats in economy,” said Fabrice
Brégier, Airbus President and Chief
Executive Officer. “These modern,
efficient A350s will complement Virgin
Atlantic’s existing fleet of 10 A330-300s
and offer Virgin Atlantic crews the
advantage of familiarity with Airbus
operating procedures around the
The world’s latest generation airliner,
the A350 XWB, is the newest member of
Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient
wide-body product family with 18” wide
seating in economy. The long-range
A350 XWB features the latest
aerodynamic design, carbon fibre
fuselage and wings for a lighter aircraft
and quiet and low emission Rolls-Royce
Trent XWB engines that together deliver
a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn.
Together, these technologies translate
into unrivalled levels of operational
efficiency, with, lower environmental
charges, and significantly reduced