Virgin Atlantic Unveils Refreshed A350 Cabin

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Virgin Atlantic has now unveiled their updated Upper Class Suite, Premium Economy and Economy class cabins that will be installed on the 12 Airbus A350 aircraft that the airline has ordered.

Virgin Atlantic A350-1000

The A350’s will initially fly from London Heathrow and Gatwick to New York and Atlanta. Virgin Atlantic configuration will have 44 seats in Upper Class, 56 in Premium Economy and 235 in Economy.

You can access Virgin Atlantic’s page for the announcement here.

Three Classes

Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Classes

Upper Class Suite

The new Upper Class suite is the perfect retreat at 30,000 feet. Every seat faces towards the window and comes with enhanced privacy, plenty of space and storage, adjustable mood lighting, and an 18.5 inch screen – all with inimitable Virgin Atlantic style.

The dreamiest, comfiest flying experience

The brand new Upper Class suite has been exclusively designed for Virgin Atlantic in collaboration with our in-house design team

  • Each aircraft offers 44 Upper Class suites in a 1-2-1 configuration

  • The stylish suite features luxurious Claret leather with intricate, signature Virgin red stitching

  • You can relax into a 44 inch seat pitch or recline into a fully flat bed

  • Each suite features a cocktail table, shelving and a larger tray table to store personal items

  • More privacy

  • The cabin offers greater levels of privacy with higher walls around each suite and deployable privacy screens

  • The 1-2- 1 configuration offers flexibility for leisure and business travellers to fly together

  • Each Upper Class suite will offer our largest ever inflight entertainment screen at 18.5 inches

  • For the first time customers can connect to the inflight entertainment via Bluetooth and enjoy wireless freedom on board. All Upper Class suites feature two USB sockets, and an AC socket adaptable for UK, US and EU plugs

Loft

Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Loft

The Loft is a unique space for Upper Class customers to gather, chat, grab a drink or dine with friends. As well as enjoying luxe comfort and high end finishes, you can settle in with Bluetooth headphones and catch a show or watch the live tailcam.

The Loft is the largest social space of any business class cabin at Virgin Atlantic. The space features a 32-inch touchscreen monitor and eight Bluetooth audio jacks so you can view content together. This is the first time we’ve offered Bluetooth in the social space.

It provides space for eight customers – twice the capacity of the existing social spaces on board (five seated three standing).

All of the chairs in The Loft feature seatbelts, a new feature for Virgin Atlantic, which means you can even continue to occupy The Loft during turbulence.

The Loft was designed collaboratively by Virgin Atlantic and London based Factory Design, and is manufactured by AIM Altitude in Bournemouth

Premium Economy

Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Premium Economy

Rich, custom leather seats and high end finishes welcome you into the Premium cabin of the A350. You can enjoy a lot more storage for all your belongings and a generous 13.3 inch screen for the next generation entertainment system. Tailored for Virgin Atlantic, our Premium seat features a luxurious Claret leather seat with intricate stitch detailing, a pressed black wool cocktail tray and meal table, and an Oxblood red upper literature pocket interior.

  • Four-way adjustable leather headrest

  • 56 seats offering a generous 7 inch recline

  • Full size bi-fold table

  • More areas and pockets for storage including a side amenity pocket, as well as upper and lower seatback stowage

  • USB ports

  • 18.5 inch seat width

  • 13.3 inch seatback screens – the biggest ever in Premium

  • Intuitive new entertainment system, controllable by personal devices

Economy

Our newest Economy seats are designed with bespoke woven fabrics inspired by fashion houses. Six-way adjustable headrests ensure comfort, and the 11.6 inch seatback screens with our next generation entertainment system are worth settling in for.

  • 235 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration

  • New upgraded seats in luxury woven fabrics and high quality wool blend

  • 11.6 inch seatback screens

  • Intuitive new entertainment system, controllable by personal devices

  • USB ports in every seat

  • Up to 17.4 inch seat width

  • 31 inch Classic and Light seat pitch

  • 34 inch Economy Delight seat pitch

Conclusion

The Loft social space concept is much better than the current Upper Class “bar”. Let’s hope that there is noise insulation or those last few rows of Upper Class could be rather noisy at times.

You cannot really call this product a suite because the door only closes half way. Apparently, Virgin Atlantic wants to keep the interaction with the passenger and crew member easy. I would rather have an enclosed space so that I don’t have to observe the service circus.

The premium economy and economy both look good.

I would say that this is more evolutionary than revolutionary product from Virgin Atlantic.

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