Virgin plans to fly high with high-end spec

by Julie Baxter

Virgin Atlantic has taken inspiration from high-end fashion houses and the automotive industry to create a classic luxury feel for its new Upper Class cabin on the Airbus A350-1000.

The cabin, unveiled this week and to be introduced in August, features a newly designed lie-flat bed suite – built to ensure more privacy and autonomy.

Suites are laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration, each with a 44-inch pitch, and an 82-inch bed length, each with deployable privacy screens.

Digonal positioning ensures everyone will face towards a window and have aisle access.

Each suite has a drop-down table with smooth-glide positioning, cocktail table, shelving, improved storage, 18.5 inch touchscreen monitor and adjustable lighting options.

The inflight entertainment will also be accessed and controlled via personal devices. The entire aircraft will also have access to high-speed wifi.

A signature new social space, The Loft (pictured), replaces the bar area Virgin has been known for. With belted seating for up to six passengers this area includes a 32-inch monitor for shared viewing, Bluetooth headset options, power outlets and USB ports. Cocktails will be served here and the airline says new dining experiences are being designed to suit the space.

The Premium Economy and Economy cabins will feature what Virgin says is the largest entertainment screens ever offered, at 13.3 inches and 11.6 inches repecctively.

Premium seats have a seven-inch recline, increased space for storage, a four-way adjustable headrest while. Economy seats have been upgraded with new fabrics and adjustable headrests. Economy Light and Classic have a 31-inch seat pitch whilst Economy Delight offers 34-inch.

On sale this month, Virgin’s first A350 will begin flying the cabin in August, initially on the Heathrow-JFK (New York) route followed later in the year by other services to JFK.

The airline has 12 Airbus A350-1000, on order scheduled to join the fleet by 2021.

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