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Introducing the Boeing 787

Boeing 787-9

Introducing our Boeing 787s

We launched our Boeing 787 Dreamliner on 28 October 2014. We recently started flying these fantastic aircraft from London Heathrow to New York, Newark, Los Angeles, Delhi, Shanghai and Boston. We are currently operating four 787s, and by the end of 2015, there will be nine in our fleet.

We are flying our 787 between Hong Kong London. And then we'll also be flying these aircraft to San Francisco and Johannesburg from October 2015*.

* Delivery dates may vary

Get ready for an evolution in air travel.

The 787s will set the benchmark for in flight service and comfort and we've got some exciting treats coming your way.

Larger, electronically lit windows
Look out at the world with a better view from every seat. The biggest windows of any commercial aircraft also have electronic lighting, dimmable at the touch of a button.

Infinity mood lighting
Board, dine, relax, sleep and play all in perfect light. Adjusting to your destination time zone, you should arrive feeling brighter and less jet lagged.

More headspace
Enjoy a greater sense of space and move around more freely thanks to higher ceilings and overhead bins.

More oxygen and moisture
Cleaner air with a lower cabin altitude means you’ll feel more comfortable and refreshed.

New Upper Class bar
Step onboard to a stunning new bar backdrop. It’s the perfect space to mingle, meet or simply unwind.

Online from takeoff to touchdown
All our 787s offer WiFi throughout, so you can chat, email and stay connected in the air. A charge for WiFi applies.

The comfiest Economy seat in the sky
We’ve fitted the best in class Economy seats. More legroom and a comfier recline, making the most of the space around them.

The Wander Wall
Our Premium Economy cabin has even more comfortable seats and a new Wander Wall area where you can have a snack or stretch your legs.

Greater reliability
A series of innovations including as much electrical architecture as possible and enhanced aircraft health monitoring.

Friendlier to the environment
The Dreamliner is 21% more fuel efficient than other similar sized aircraft in our fleet, which means much less carbon dioxide emissions.


Couple taking a selfie

If you're flying on Birthday Girl, we are currently trialling a new social experience on board.

You can take the perfect selfie on board with our iconic Virgin Atlantic Flying Lady. Using the on board Wi-Fi, you can share your image on Twitter (opens in a new window) and Facebook (opens in a new window) and be the envy of all your friends.


Building the 787 Dreamliner

Ever wondered what it takes to build a 787?  Our friends at Boeing have finished putting together 'Birthday Girl' and they filmed the process from start to finish, so you can see how it's done.

Man sitting inPremium Economy

Stretch out

Premium Economy's extra space, premium service and thoughtful extras are hard to resist.

Find out about Premium Economy

Man sitting in upper class

The Virgin Atlantic blog

Take a look at our blog, where you'll find our fun and informative infographic about our 787-9.

View our 787 infographic (opens in a new window)11

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