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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
-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.
#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.
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