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Virgin Atlantic announces four new A350 routes and an extra daily flight to Delhi

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Virgin Atlantic has now confirmed its Summer 2020 schedule, which will begin on the 29th March.

Virgin has been slowly ramping up its UK-India routes, which suffered a loss when codeshare partner Jet Airways went into administration.

It clearly thinks there is extra flying to be had which hasn’t been mopped up by other airlines, and is introducing a second daily flight to Delhi.  This is in addition to the new Mumbai route which launched a couple of weeks ago.  The new Delhi flight goes on sale on 23rd November.

Virgin Atlantic announces new A350 routes

Next summer Virgin will also start putting its A350s on other routes. Up until now, all the A350s were going on the London-New York route but we will now see a bit of variety in the schedule.

This means that you will still find a variety of Virgin Atlantic aircraft flying to New York, since Virgin will not have enough A350 to run them on all seven daily flights as well as the new destinations.

This is where you will find the A350:

Johannesburg will see the A350 from March, on VS 449/450
Los Angeles gets a daily A350 in April, on VS 23/24
San Francisco gets a daily A350 in May, on VS19/20
Lagos will get a daily A350 in August, on VS 411/412

As a reminder, Virgin Atlantic’s A350 comes with a new Upper Class Suite reviewed here, as well as a redesigned social ‘Loft’ area for business class passengers.  It is a major improvement on the current Upper Class product.

As always, there may be last minute equipment changes or timetable alterations.  These new services will be using aircraft from the 2nd batch of A350 deliveries and the dates may slip.

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You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 30,000 Points until 15th October 2021):

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:

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Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

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Comments (137)

  • PJJ says:

    Rob, while talking with Gavin, any talk of an Ethiad Credit Card

  • Anna says:

    For readers in the NW I anticipate that the new Hampton just off the M65 in Blackburn might be a very cheap mattress run when it opens (and being brand new, presumably a fairly pleasant stay). It’s not the kind of place anyone visits for business or leisure so the rationale behind it is a bit mystifying.

    • RussellH says:

      Anna, have you never headed into the Forest of Bowland, not that far north of the M65? There are some nice walks, some great pubs and restaurants.
      True, the finest bits are between Lancaster and Clitheroe, but Blackburn would not be a bad base at all, especially if cheap.
      I suspect that the land might have been cheap to buy, too!

      • Anna says:

        Regularly, Russell, and I’m sure you’re aware as I am that it has numerous pleasant B & B’s plus the odd country house-type hotels! I can’t see many people wanting to base themselves on the side of a 4 lane roundabout 20 miles away!

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    How easy is it to get 2 J seats on an Etihad flight to Abu Dhabi as a redemption?

    • Rob says:

      Very easy. I got four back to London for the Saturday at the end of October half term, which is literally impossible on BA – those seats are like gold dust.

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        Interesting – the girlfriend keeps asking me to take her away somewhere in business class long haul and trying to do it while avoiding BA.

        • Lady London says:

          Could you book some of the Emirates flights that are on a QF code, pay cash or cash-with-avios and hoover up the avios from both of you into a household account?

          • Spaghetti Town says:

            Well i was hoping to do it on points, want to buy a house so plowing all my spare cash into that, so don’t want to splash out on J tickets

          • Rhys says:

            You could also use Avios on a oneworld partner

  • Rob says:

    Reader feedback is yes, cumulative.

  • Liam says:

    Good news on the Virgin front. I am due to fly in Upper Class on VS23 to LAX on May 4. Currently scheduled as a 787-9. I’ve never flown Upper Class at all but the new seat, if the rollout schedule doesn’t change, will be a great bonus.

  • Lee says:

    What is the best Visa/Mastercard for Avios at the moment.

    Got a bit confused

    • Genghis says:

      HSBC prem WE

    • Lady London says:

      IHG unless you want Virgin miles? Articles on both those cards on here. Tesco card has its uses if you ensure you spend in multiples of £8 exactly.

      • Lady London says:

        Sorry did not see you wanted Avios. Sendo card if you live in Spain. Otherwise if you remove the Amex cards from consideration most routes have closed. Heathrow Rewards does transfer in to avios amongst other things hough. Not sure if there is a card that credits to Aer Lingus but if there was you’d have to live in Ireland. Think there is an Italian card that credits to Air Italy but you’d need a credit record in Italy to apply.

    • BJ says:


  • John says:

    Anyone know anything about Curve Business?

    Not heard of it before.

    Any good?

    Do you upgrade from personal?

  • Harry T says:

    OT Double Avios:
    Does anyone have an email address for BA Executive Club? Trying to register a family member’s account for the Double Avios promotion but it keeps saying he isn’t eligible. My Mum and I have registered without dificulty and we are in the same HHA.

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