Virgin Atlantic Launches Airbus A330neo Ticket Sales

  • Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1041 (2)

    Virgin Atlantic

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    VS/VIR

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    London Heathrow Airport

    Year Founded:
    in 1984

    CEO:
    Shai Weiss

    Country:
    United Kingdom

After revealing the cabin specifications it will use on its new Airbus A330neo aircraft, Virgin Atlantic has now opened ticket sales for the type’s first routes. For those wanting to travel on the next-generation widebody, certain US-bound routes are the best bet, with some corridors seeing a particularly heavy A330neo presence.

On sale now

As reported by Head For Points, the routes on which Virgin Atlantic initially plans to deploy the Airbus A330neo’s larger -900 variant have now become bookable. The first of these to see service from the new twin-aisle aircraft will be London Heathrow (LHR) – Boston Logan (BOS), with the inaugural flight set for October 12th.

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From then until the end of the 2022/23 IATA winter schedule, the carrier is planning to use the A330neo for the bulk of its services with the flight numbers VS11/12. However, certain dates will see the older A330-300 do the honors, such as Tuesdays from December 13th onwards. Virgin Atlantic is looking forward to introducing the A330neo, with Corneel Koster, its Chief Customer and Operating Officer, stating:

“The A330neo plays a significant role in our multi-billion dollar fleet transformation, demonstrating our commitment to the planet. We know the most impactful thing we can do as an airline is to fly the cleanest, greenest, youngest fleet possible and the A330neo is integral to achieving this goal. It’s truly a plane for the future.”

The A330neo will help the airline excel in terms of both sustainability and customer experience. Image: Virgin Atlantic

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Florida routes will also see the A330neo

Away from Boston, Virgin Atlantic also plans for its Airbus A330-900s to have a fairly significant presence on routes serving Florida. Indeed, as noted by AeroRoutes, the carrier will eventually transition to an all-A330neo service on flights VS5/6 to and from Miami International (MIA). The A330-900 will share duties with the A330-300 from November 13th, before taking the reins fully on December 9th.

Virgin Atlantic’s new route to Tampa International (TPA) will see an all-A330neo service from the outset. Originally planned to be served by the A330-300, flights will begin on November 3rd, initially operating four times a week.

This will increase to five on November 21st, before rising to a daily frequency a week later. Passengers on the new route will travel in style, with Koster adding:

“Each of our customers [will receive] a premium experience regardless of the cabin they travel in. They’ll be better connected with their fellow travelers and our amazing crew in the air, and with their friends and family on the ground.”

Atlanta will see just two visits from the airline’s A330neos in the coming winter schedule. Image: Virgin Atlantic

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Lower frequencies

All in all, flights on Virgin Atlantic’s A330neos are bookable on five US-bound routes, with the remaining pair being rather less frequent occurrences. For example, the aircraft will operate just two rotations (VS103/4) to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), with these coming on March 21st and 25th, 2023.

London Heathrow – New York JFK is one of Virgin Atlantic’s most important routes. Despite this, it will see comparatively few visits from the A330neo and its luxurious new cabin. Indeed, the airline generally prefers to deploy the A350-1000 and Boeing 787-9. However, it will operate a single rotation (VS9/10) on November 7th, with a wider introduction on VS3/4/45 coming on March 6th, 2023.

Sources: AeroRoutes, Head For Points

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