Virgin Atlantic is doubling its flights between San Francisco and London Heathrow by adding a second daily flight. What’s most exciting is that it will deploy its newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, on the route starting October 24.
Also exciting for Bay Area travelers headed to London this year is that British Airways will bring its big new Airbus A380 to San Francisco starting on March 29.
Last year Virgin Atlantic said it would add a second flight between San Francisco and London five times a week for the summer season, starting on March 29. But now Virgin says that the second daily SFO-LHR flight will switch to daily starting October 24. (The flights are part of Virgin’s partnership with Delta, so you can earn and burn your SkyMiles on this flight.)
By the end of this year, Virgin says it will have an efficient new Dreamliner on both daily flights, replacing the current, gas-guzzling, 4-engine 747 and A340 on the route. This should be especially good news for TravelSkills readers who have reported that the current Virgin Atlantic upper class offering was getting a bit tatty.
Virgin also revealed today the next routes for the new 787-9 Dreamliners. It has already taken delivery of three of the aircraft with six more due over the course of 2015. In addition to San Francisco, the 787s will be flying several other US routes this year, including Boston, Washington Dulles, Newark, JFK, and Los Angeles to London Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft are configured with 264 seats which consist of 31 Upper Class seats, 35 Premium Economy seats and 198 seats in Economy.
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