Hello and welcome to the first edition of The Atlantic Update, providing a weekly bulletin on developments on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America. The Atlantic Update is published every Wednesday morning at 06:00 GMT.
Virgin Atlantic welcomes its first A330-200 aircraft
Virgin Atlantic is to lease four Airbus A330-200 aircraft whilst it reshuffles its fleet as its Boeing 787 aircraft undergo maintenance to their engines.
Last week, Virgin welcomed the first aircraft “Daydream Believer” which will enter into service in March 2018. Three more aircraft “Scarlett O’Hara”, “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Strawberry Fields” will join the airline before the spring of this year.
These aircraft do not currently have Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin, which will be fitted later this year. They also have a different Upper Class configuration, albeit with all 19 seats having direct aisle access. Virgin, never one to miss a branding opportunity, has dubbed these the Love Suite, the Freedom Solo Suite, and the Corner Solo Suite.
The new aircraft will first enter service on 1 March 2018, operating Manchester – New York. They will also operate on routes from Manchester to Atlanta, Barbados, Boston and San Francisco throughout the summer, as well as London Gatwick to Antigua, Barbados, and St Lucia. Full details are available from Virgin Atlantic.
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