Virgin Atlantic Announces Further Airbus A350 Routes

Virgin Atlantic has just announced their new summer routes from London Heathrow (LHR). the UK airline will be offering 108,000 additional seats by introducing a second daily flight from London Heathrow to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi for summer 2020.

Together with its new service to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai Virgin Atlantic will have three daily flights to India.

New Virgin Atlantic A350 routes for summer 2020. Photo: Tom Boon Simple Flying

On top of the new flight to Delhi, Virgin Atlantic will be increasing its service to the “City by the Bay” by adding a new weekly flight. Debuting on the London to San Francisco route will be Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350 aircraft which features a redesigned Upper Class cabin and a unique social space that Virgin Atlantic calls “The Loft.”

Virgin Atlantic’s new flight to Delhi will depart London in the morning

Tickets for the new service to Delhi will go on sale Saturday, November 23rd for flights commencing on March 20th, 2020. In order to complement Virgin Atlantic’s current evening departure, the new flight will depart Heathrow in the morning.

With Virgin Atlantic’s flights from London Heathrow to Delhi, Delta Air Lines passengers now have a smooth connection between New York, Boston, Atlanta and Detroit to and from Delhi. In an effort to accommodate business travelers Virgin Atlantic has decided to reschedule its flights to Mumbai for an evening departure from London Heathrow.

Delta Air Lines passengers can connect to India through Heathrow. Photo: Joanna Bailey/Simple Flying

The new weekly service to San Francisco will add an additional 40,000 seats for the summer season for people looking to travel between the West Coast and Europe. The additional flight will commence starting in May with Virgin Atlantic putting one of its new Airbus A350s on the twice-daily route.

Virgin Atlantic will fly an A350 to Lagos starting in August

By August of 2020, Virgin Atlantic will be using the new A350 on all its routes to Africa and on four other destinations on its extensive network. The next new routes to debut in the summer operating the Airbus A350 are:

  • Daily service to Johannesburg, South Africa starting in March 2020.
  • Daily service to Los Angeles, California starting in April 2020.
  • Daily service to San Francisco, California starting in May 2020.
  • Daily service to Lagos, Nigeria starting in August 2020.

In a press release about the new routes Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said:

“As we work to achieve our ambition to become the most loved travel company, we’re pleased to announce extra flights to some of our most popular destinations. Next year will mark twenty years since Virgin Atlantic started flying to Delhi, and the service continues to grow in popularity for both business and leisure travel.

“The second daily service from Heathrow is an excellent opportunity to meet customer demand on this route and, coupled with our new service to Mumbai, we’re able to offer even more choice and unrivalled Virgin Atlantic service to customers travelling between the UK and India.”

Simple Flying was aboard Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural A350 flight to New York

“We’re delighted to announce our flying program for our brand new A350 aircraft, starting from next summer. We’re confident our customers will love to fly on this new aircraft and will enjoy the onboard experience of our newly redesigned cabins.”

Simple Flying was on the first flight to New York. Photo: James Oats | @SpeedbirdUK

Virgin Atlantic’s first A350 took off for New York’s JFK on its inaugural flight earlier this year. Simple Flying’s Joanna Bailey was on board as an invited guest to report about the flight and describe Virgin Atlantic’s new Upper Class cabin and the Loft area.

One thing passengers definitely love about the A350 is the tail cam that you can watch from your seat.

Virgin Atlantic has ordered a total of 12  Airbus A350s with all of the new aircraft due to be in service by 2021. If you have flown on Virgin Atlantic’s A350 we would love to hear what you thought about it in the comments.