31 JANUARY 2011
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Virgin Atlantic will shortly be taking delivery of its first two Airbus A330s which will go into service in April on its mainly leisure routes from Gatwick and Manchester to Orlando. Eight more will be delivered over the next two years.
For Virgin the aircraft are a big breakthrough, the first “twins” to be operated by the company, and also the first aircraft without Upper Class, the airline's award winning and innovative Business Class. The Virgin website indicates a layout with 59 seats in Premium Economy (2+3+2) and 255 in Economy (2+4+2)t.
According to Steve Ridgeway, Chief Executive, the upgraded Premium Economy will be outstanding and a breakthrough. Mind you he is not happy that passengers will have to pay the same APD as those flying Upper Class on the airline’s A340s and 747s. All A330s will have a brand new state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system – the Panasonic eX2 and eXPhone arrangement. www.virgin-atlantic.com
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