MIAMI — Virgin Atlantic will launch its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight tonight at 11:10 p.m., from Boston Logan International Airport to London Heathrow, with six weekly flights. The carrier will continue to roll out the 787s on the East Coast of the United States before the type is placed on longer-haul routes.
To commemorate the delivery of the first 787, the carrier flew from London to Atlanta October 24 aboard Birthday Girl, named in honor of Virgin Atlantic’s 30th anniversary. Using the WiFi onboard, it also live-streamed the first DJ gig over the Atlantic by UK DJ groups Rudimental and Gorgon City.
Following a first week of flying between London Heathrow and Boston, Virgin Atlantic’s 787 will operate several flights around the UK each day to complete its training schedule. “Redeploying aircraft from commercial fights to training and development flights is absolutely normal when bringing a new aircraft into service,” said a company spokeswoman. The route will be flown with an Airbus A340-600 during training, according to Business Traveller.
After the Boston launch, Virgin Atlantic will begin service to London on key East Coast markets including Washington, D.C., Newark and JFK, all within the next five months. Chief Executive Craig Kreeger said the 787-9 Dreamliner will represent more than half of the Virgin America fleet by 2018.