18 JULY 2022
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A trendy Shoreditch was the venue for a major Virgin Atlantic launch party last week for a serious upgrade for its new A330 neos. October will see the aircraft in service on the Boston route.
The Retreat Suite is a brand new innovation in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class offering two exclusive suites at the front of the cabin. The airline’s most spacious suite yet, comprising a 6ft 7inch direct seat to fully flat-bed and a 27inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging.
In addition to The Retreat Suite, the A330 neo will offer 30 brand new Upper Class suites. The fully forward-facing suite offers more space and storage alongside a fully closing privacy door. With a ‘do not disturb’ feature. It has passenger-controlled mood lighting, 17.3inch touchscreen TV and even a mirror so customers can check they are looking runway ready.
The Loft remains a focal point of the cabin design as customers board the aircraft and is a core part of the Upper Class experience. In an evolution of design from the Airbus A350, it consists of space for eight people, with four comfortable seats, allowing guests to sit and chat or enjoy refreshments from the new self-service fridge and drinks dispenser. Customers can also connect Bluetooth headphones to the dual panoramic 27inch touchscreens or utilise the wireless charging facilities for their devices.
The maximum 46 customers in Premium will find Virgin Atlantic’s trademark burgundy Premium seats, with a 38inch pitch and now a 13.3inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio and in-seat wireless charging pad. Economy passengers also gain 13.3inch screen, with an intuitive touchscreen and Bluetooth audio to connect headphones, with customers able to use their phone as a controller. There’s also plenty of storage, plus AC power and USB ports to keep gadgets energised. Customers have the choice between 28 Economy Delight seats, which offer an increased 34inch seat pitch, or 156 Economy Classic seats, providing a 31inch seat pitch.
Head for Points were at the unveiling event and have a more detailed look at Virgin Atlantic's new Upper Class Suite on the A330neo.
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