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$50 million ain’t cheap…

Operating an airline all hinges on one single principle: airplanes. You need them. Virgin Atlantic was an early customer of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a revolutionary aircraft improving passenger experience– but a mercurial aircraft for airline maintenance. Virgin is experiencing continued problems with their 787 Dreamliners – and it’s causing serious issues for upcoming flights…

The What

Essentially – this all boils down to engine problems. Virgin Atlantic chose Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines for their 787 Dreamliners and they’ve been unreliable to say the least. In years past, they gave Japanese airline ANA similar problems. The engines, which run $50 million a pop, have forced the grounding of many Virgin Atlantic 787 aircraft – leading to uncertainty and scheduling problems for passengers and airline alike. The airline is warning travel agents of potential for disruption.

The Why

Virgin Atlantic are forced to lease (borrow) aircraft to keep up their flight schedules, without cancelling flights. While this is better than cancelled flights, they won’t quite be Virgin Atlantic flights. There will not be Premium Economy on board. Business class is also unlikely to be on par with Upper Class, and certainly will not offer an on board bar. Virgin Atlantic crews and pilots will however operate the flights, with their top notch service. The problem is uncertainty. If you’re presently scheduled to fly on a 787 Dreamliner – your reservation is subject to change.

The How

Without premium economy, some passengers will be downgraded, and those in business class will experience a different cabin – for better or worse. If you’re presently scheduled to fly on a 787 Dreamliner, to destinations such as Miami, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Boston, Seattle, Hong Kong, Delhi and New York – you’ll need to monitor your reservation. Here’s how. If an aircraft change occurs, you have rights- such as politely requesting a different flight. Here’s everything you need to know to make things right. We love Virgin Atlantic, think their Premium Economy is one of the best and wish them luck with their engine fixes.

Do you have a Virgin Atlantic 787 flight coming up?

HT: Paxex.Aero

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