In November, Simple Flying reported that Virgin Atlantic would reveal a new seat with the delivery of its A350 aircraft later this year. If you’re looking forward to the announcement of the new Virgin Upper Class seat, we have a date for your diary. The airline plans to reveal their new seat to press and invited guests on the 8th of April.
Virgin placed an order for 12 A350-1000 aircraft at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow. These will begin to be delivered this summer, with three classes installed throughout the cabin. Rivals British Airways are also expecting to receive their first A350-1000 this summer.
“Hottest event in town”
Virgin will be announcing the new Upper Class seat at an event held at its Gatwick Headquarters. This event, which is invite only, will be held in the evening on the 8th of April. Virgin Atlantic promises the event will offer an “exclusive first look at the game-changing new member of our fleet”. Virgin also states that the event will be unlike any aircraft launch seen before.
Virgin’s press invite states that guests will be fully immersed in the Upper Class experience. Virgin’s first A350 was spotted with a completed fuselage back on 25th October 2018. While it is unclear how close to completion the aircraft is, it’s scheduled to enter service on the 9th September. As such, Virgin Atlantic pilots have been training on the type with Finnair since early January.
MSN274 should wear the registration G-VLUX once delivered.
It is the first -1000 for a European airline. pic.twitter.com/hrQxOIFusL
— A350 Production (@A350_Production) October 25, 2018
BA vs Virgin
It is no secret that both of Britains big full-service carriers will receive A350-1000s this year. In fact, just yesterday British Airways announced the new business seat that their Club World cabins will be delivered with. British Airways’ new seat is actually a suite, with some commenting that it is superior to the current first-class suites on some BA aircraft.
While British Airways announced details of their new seat via a press release, Virgin is pulling out all the stops for their reveal. Both airlines will begin receiving their aircraft this summer. While Virgin will begin flying their aircraft on September 9th, British Airways won’t begin services until October 1st. Virgin’s first route will see the aircraft flying to Newark, while British Airways will start with Toronto.
Simple Flying will be attending Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Seat reveal, and, naturally, will bring you all the details!
Which seat do you think Virgin Atlantic will choose? Let us know in the comments down below!