Virgin Atlantic will resume daily flights between London and Hong Kong in September – and it's doing so in a big way, with the airline's new flagship Airbus A350-1000 taking over the 12 hour flight from the stalwart Boeing 787-9.
That's solid news for business travellers and other premium flyers, who'll enjoy Virgin's latest Upper Class suite (shown below) compared to the Dreamliner's much older design.
Those suites buck the trend of full privacy, with doors which instead slide just halfway shut – which Virgin says is to maintain a connection between passengers and crew throughout the flight.
The A350-1000 also sports a new twist on Virgin's signature inflight bar in the shape of The Loft, which is less a drinking spot than a social space (with its own 32-inch HD screen) where drinks and snacks are served.
Virgin's London Heathrow-Hong Kong flight VS206 sees the A350-1000 makes its debut on September 2 through to December 5; from December 6, the route shows as being handed back to the Boeing 787-9.
Virgin Atlantic recently resumed flying from its long-time home at Heathrow Terminal 3, after spending more than a year operating at T2 while T3 was closed due to Covid-19 decimating travel.
The return to T3 also saw the airline's Clubhouse, Revivals lounge and Upper Class Wing roll out the welcome mat to Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members.