Virgin Atlantic: Sixth Airbus A350 aircraft will be delivered today

A new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft will be delivered to Virgin Atlantic today. From Toulouse, France, the Virgin Atlantic Sixth Airbus A350 with G-VRNB registration will leave for Manchester.

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Virgin Atlantic G-VRNB ; Photo by Thomas Pougheon

G-VRNB will land at Manchester Airport today at 13:00 from Toulouse, the airport source said. Only two weeks earlier, on September 10th, the last A350 was delivered. It was the G-VDOT Ruby Slipper, which had also traveled from Toulouse to Manchester. Curiously, this aircraft, which formerly served as an Airbus research aircraft, is now over three years old. It was the second A350-1000 to be constructed. However, the G-VRNB Purple Rain is a newly developed aircraft.

First Airbus A350-1000 aircraft

Virgin Atlantic’s latest Airbus A350-1000 aircraft landed in London before its maiden flight in August 2019. Branded ‘Red Velvet’ was decorated with one of the latest flying icons of a carrier and was operating in New York in September for the first time.

Red Velvet was one of a total of 12 Airbus A350 aircraft ordered by the carrier. Aircraft operated flights from London to the USA.

Perhaps you are curious where the word Red Velvet comes from. Based on the official aircraft registry codes, Virgin Atlantic has often issued interesting names to its aircraft.

The registration code of Red Velvet is G-VLUX, so the team was seeking somewhere distinctly red and glamorous. Influenced by the daytime teas offered onboard, they brought up with Red Velvet – the ultimate luxurious treat.

Virgin Atlantic ordered 12 Airbus A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic has confirmed the order for 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft in 2016. In the United Kingdom, Virgin Atlantic Airways preferred the A350-1000 aircraft to enter the feet by 2019. After an intensive and thorough assessment of the current and potential options, the A350-1000 was chosen.

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