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#959512 by ColOrd
11 Feb 2021, 16:33
FrenchBee and AirCarribes both have 350's with a 3-4-3 layout, and the seats look very very narrow.
#959514 by Kraken
11 Feb 2021, 20:17
ColOrd wrote:FrenchBee and AirCarribes both have 350's with a 3-4-3 layout, and the seats look very very narrow.


They will be! The A350 fuselage is about 5 inches narrower than a 747 - and the aisles have to remain the same width for safety / the service trolleys. So either Virgin do a 3-3-3 configuration which would be quite nice, or densify to 3-4-3 like BA have done on their leisure 777-200's.
#959515 by ColOrd
11 Feb 2021, 21:19
Given how few airlines have adopted 3-4-3 on a 350 I am extremely certain that VS won't do that with the leisure config!
#959528 by Kraken
12 Feb 2021, 13:56
cheesebag wrote:
DIAZLUXO wrote:I think Virgin loves their customers enough :-D


BUT.... they also need the ££££££ :cool:


Indeed they do. And with the capacity reduction on the MCO route due to:
(A) the A350's having fewer seats than the 747
(B) Norwegian pulling out of TATL flying
(C) the demise of Thomas Cook
there is an opportunity to make money. There is a lot of pent-up demand for visiting The Mouse when the FCO allow travel & Mr Biden opens up the US border.

BA have crammed in 3-4-3 on the 777-200 leisure configuration, so it's not as though Virgin would not be doing something their competitor hasn't.

I can see fares rising on the MCO route too - people on another forum are already complaining about the prices they are seeing for late this year / packages for next year. As things stand it'll just be IAG & Virgin flying from London & Manchester direct to MCO.
#959529 by DIAZLUXO
12 Feb 2021, 15:53
But
-The A350 is still a bit narrower than BA's 777s which is brutal in itself.
-Virgin can easily find a way to fit over 400 pax in the cabin in a config I think they will use where Upper and Premium are between Exit Doors 1 and 2 and the rest of the plane is used for Economy.
-Also the new A330s that will join the fleet are also more than capable to hold over 400 pax so a sub-fleet of leisure A330s will aid the A350s
#959677 by DIAZLUXO
23 Feb 2021, 16:59
The only 1 of 5 A350 i can see delivered before July 2021 is G-VBOB since all her parts have already been built although that's a stretch considering she has to complete test flights too. I also think Virgin doesn't have the desire to take any new planes also as they control finances.
#959680 by 747G-VXLG
23 Feb 2021, 17:26
DIAZLUXO wrote:Keep in mind that LIB and NVR are leased from ALC and they said they would endeavour to deliver them before the Airbus deliveries


I thought the order of deliveries had switched from BOB, LIB, WHY, NVR, ELJ to BOB, ELJ, WHY, LIB, NVR.
#959728 by 747G-VXLG
25 Feb 2021, 17:11
From March, the A350s will take over the VS23/24 rotations and some VS681B/682 rotations from LHR-LAX from the 789s.
#960192 by 747G-VXLG
22 Mar 2021, 22:12
From Sunday, the A350-1000s will take over the MAN-ISB flights. G-VJAM is supposed to be operating Virgin Atlantic’s first ever A350 passenger flight out of Manchester. The aircraft will position up on Sunday morning as VS862P and is expected to operate the first 4 rotations. D0815 A0900.
#960554 by 747G-VXLG
15 Apr 2021, 11:30
The A350s have today started to operate the LHR-BOM flights. G-VDOT has operated the first flight.
#960558 by ColOrd
15 Apr 2021, 14:59
That's weird, presumably cos of Cargo volume?
#960559 by 747G-VXLG
15 Apr 2021, 16:01
ColOrd wrote:That's weird, presumably cos of Cargo volume?


I’m don’t think that it is cargo because it’s using the passenger flight code (VS354).

On Flightradar24 it’s now showing the next few flights are 789s. I’m not sure why they would do this as a one off.
#960561 by Tigerlilly
15 Apr 2021, 19:46
Does anyone think it’s possible they would use the a350’s on the Orlando route in the future due to being a bigger aircraft and popular route?
#960562 by 747G-VXLG
15 Apr 2021, 20:36
Tigerlilly wrote:Does anyone think it’s possible they would use the a350’s on the Orlando route in the future due to being a bigger aircraft and popular route?


They are meant to be taking over the route from early next year. G-VEVE is meant to start flying passengers in January, so in my opinion MCO will be the first route she flies. Also, they may use the LHR ones this summer if the flights go ahead and bookings rise as they are still the highest capacity aircraft in the fleet.
#960566 by Tigerlilly
15 Apr 2021, 21:05
747G-VXLG wrote:
Tigerlilly wrote:Does anyone think it’s possible they would use the a350’s on the Orlando route in the future due to being a bigger aircraft and popular route?


They are meant to be taking over the route from early next year. G-VEVE is meant to start flying passengers in January, so in my opinion MCO will be the first route she flies. Also, they may use the LHR ones this summer if the flights go ahead and bookings rise as they are still the highest capacity aircraft in the fleet.



Oohh, fab. Thank you. After our trip was just cancelled for the 4th time I’ve moved to next year now. But fingers crossed Vegas at the end of august goes ahead this year . X
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