17 DECEMBER 2018
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The first of four refurbished A330-200 aircraft featuring Premium seating and a new-look Upper Class cabin has been unveiled by Virgin Atlantic. The programme has added 35 premium seats and introduced an updated Economy Class.
New cabin curtains, carpets and wall finishes, updated toilets and relaxing lighting have also been introduced as part of the project.
The aircraft are being leased and Virgin says Upper Class has been given “a transformation” with a staggered 1-2-1 layout different from the rest of the fleet to give all passengers direct aisle access.
The airline added work on the remaining three A330-200s coming into the fleet is expected to be complete by next month. The aircraft will be rostered on to flights between Gatwick and the Caribbean plus some US services from Manchester.
Virgin vice-president of customer experience Daniel Kerzner said: “I’m thrilled to see the first of our fully-refurbished A330-200s arrive into our fleet and looking amazing. Initial response from our customers and our people has been fantastic.
“These planes were introduced to protect our flying programme with a commitment to bring them up to our high standards with our unique Virgin Atlantic flair.
“The speed at which we’ve been able to totally transform these aircraft is phenomenal, and is a true testament to our people and our passion to deliver a wow experience to our customers.”
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Neil Munro, UK
I hope they have done away with the Upper Class seats being angled inwards. You cannot see out and cannot talk to anyone next to you. Gets a bit lonely on a flight to Barbados!!