Earlier this week, Virgin Atlantic unveiled their first operations for their upcoming Boeing 787-9 aircraft – with the London-Boston route being earmarked as the first operation.
Well, Airlineroute has revealed the dates. Lets take a look in detail.
London Heathrow to Boston remains the launch route, with VS11/12 taking the helm. This operates as:
VS11 DEPART LHR 17:35 ARRIVE BOS 20:55 VS12 DEPART BOS 22:10 ARRIVE LHR 09:15+1 Commences: 28th October 2014 with new equipment Operates: Daily Operates Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday with a Boeing 787-9 Operates: Friday with an Airbus A330-300 Operates: from 19th December 2014 with a Boeing 787-9 daily.
Seats are already showing in the Virgin Atlantic booking system:
Next up is London Heathrow to Washington DC (Washington Dulles). This will be operates five times a week initially, before being switched to a Boeing 787-9 daily on 23rd January 2015.
VS21 DEPART LHR 11:25 ARRIVE IAD 15:00 VS22 DEPART IAD 19:15 ARRIVE LHR 07:35+1 Commences: 17th December 2014 with new equipment Operates: Daily Operates Monday to Thursday and Sunday with a Boeing 787-9 Operates: Friday and Saturday with an Airbus A330-300 Operates: from 23rd January 2015 with a Boeing 787-9 daily.
Again, these flights are loaded in the Virgin booking system
Finally, New York will get a service, with London Heathrow to New York JFK , taking over the VS03/VS04 flight pair from 28th February 2015.
VS03 DEPART LHR 08:25 ARRIVE JFK 15:00 VS04 DEPART JFK 18:30 ARRIVE LHR 06:50+1 Commences: 28th February 2015 with new equipment Operates: Daily Booked Equipment: Boeing 787-9
And yes, it’s bookable via the Virgin Atlantic website
The planes will be configured in a Virgin Atlantic Three Class configuration with:
- 30 Upper Class Seats
- 21 Premium Economy Seats in a 2-3-2 formation
- 174 Economy Class Seats in 3-3-3 formation
Booking for these flights to Boston, Washington-IAD and New York-JFK with the Boeing 787-9 is open on the Virgin Atlantic site, and seem to be showing in the various booking systems.
However, like all new operations, actually sitting aboard a 787-9 could be subject to change if deliveries slow, or if there are other issues that prevent deliveries to the airline.
As usual, plan accordingly.