Richard Branson’s transatlantic airline will put its newest aircraft, the 787-9 Dreamliner, on the popular route.
SOUTH NORWALK, CT. – Virgin Atlantic is doubling its flights between San Francisco and London Heathrow by adding a second daily service from October 24 and will be putting its newest aircraft on the route.
Last year Virgin Atlantic announced it would add a second service from San Francisco to London five times a week for the summer season, starting on March 29. Due to its popularity, the airline will be extending the service and next winter it will be flying the route twice daily, seven days a week from October 24. The service will form part of the airline’s joint venture with Delta, which offers up to 39 transatlantic flights a day at peak.
The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and will be operating with flight numbers VS041 and VS042. From the end of the year a Dreamliner will also operate the first daily flight, meaning that customers flying from the Golden Gate City will consistently be able to fly on Virgin Atlantic’s newest, most fuel efficient aircraft.
From October 24 customers will also have a better choice of departure times with an evening and late evening departure from San Francisco and a morning and afternoon departure from London.
Chris Rossi, SVP North America, Virgin Atlantic said: “San Francisco is a key market for Virgin Atlantic in the US and over the last 21 years we’re proud to have built a strong customer base there. This second daily flight will enable us to do an even better job for our customers and we’re excited to bring our newest Virgin Atlantic experience to the market which includes wifi connectivity and a brand new seat product.”
Virgin Atlantic has also revealed the next routes on which customers will be able to enjoy the new 787-9 Dreamliners. As part of Virgin Atlantic’s extensive fleet-renewal program, which will see 70 percent of its fleet replaced between 2011 and 2018, the airline 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. The quieter, more fuel efficient Dreamliner brings with it new innovations for passengers and a cutting edge product for them to enjoy.
Planned schedule information from October 24:
- VS19 departs London Heathrow at 11.25 and arrives at San Francisco at 14.30.
- VS20 departs San Francisco at 17.10 and arrives at London Heathrow at 11.30 the following day.
- VS41 departs London Heathrow at 15.15 and arrives at San Francisco at 18.15.
- VS42 departs San Francisco at 21.45 and arrives at London Heathrow at 16.00 the following day.
- The 787-9 has a 60% smaller noise footprint than other aircraft of a similar size
- It is a much more fuel efficient aircraft with approximately 20% less fuel burn than similar sized aircraft, such as an Airbus A340-400
- By using new technologies, such as lightweight carbon-fibre for the fuselage and wings, Boeing has been able to drastically reduce the aircraft’s weight
- It uses electronic rather than hydraulic brakes, which eliminate spillage and fluid disposal
- It also uses materials that are recyclable at the end of the aircraft’s life.
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