G-VPOP to finally enter service

Virgin Atlantic’s second Airbus A350, G-VPOP is scheduled to enter commercial service shortly. It was ferried from London Gatwick to London Heathrow as VS807P earlier today (17th September 2019).

Since being officially delivered at the end of August, the G-VPOP, christened Mamma Mia spent just over two weeks in Malta. This was due to a few amendments being made to the new Upper Class Suite. Presumably, G-VPOP entering service will allow G-VLUX to head to Malta in order to have the same modifications made.

As such, at least the next Airbus A350 to enter the fleet will also be heading to Malta from Toulouse.

G-VPOP on a test flight © Clement Alloing

Once finished, the aircraft was ferried from Malta to London Gatwick on Friday 13th September. Having spent the weekend at the Virgin Atlantic maintenance base there, it is now heading to Heathrow to presumably be put on to the New York JFK flights along side sister ship G-VLUX.

As reported yesterday, it would appear there have been a few delays with Virgin Atlantic getting hold of their A350’s. This has led to a short extension of the airlines’ A340-600’s tenure at the airline.

A further two A350-1000 aircraft are due to be delivered to the airline before the end of 2019. All will initially operate on the London Heathrow – New York JFK route.

The final four aircraft will be delivered in a leisure configuration with more economy seating and less Upper Class Suites fitted. These aircraft will operate primarily from Manchester and London Gatwick.

Due to enter the Virgin Atlantic fleet by the end of the year are:

  • G-VPRD Rain Bow
  • G-VJAM Queen of Hearts

It will be interesting to see which flying icon has been attached to the nose of G-VPOP. Virgin Atlantic announced earlier in the year that they would do away with the familiar Varga Girl and diversify the characters on the nose of the aircraft.

Update: I’ve been informed that G-VPOP carries the same flying hero as G-VLUX.

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