Posted on: 25 September 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Virgin Australia has released information about the new premium economy and business class cabins designed for its wide-body fleet by Tangerine London and manufactured by B/E Aerospace.
The airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft will benefit from the changes as of November next year, whilst the first Virgin Australia Airbus A330 featuring the upgrade is scheduled to enter service in March 2015.
The redesign is part of Virgin Vision, the airline’s new three-year strategy until 2017. “Our Virgin Vision to 2017 is to become Australia’s favourite airline group and today’s announcement is central to our strategy as it will see Virgin Australia deliver the best premium travel experience in Australia,” commented Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti.
In-flight entertainment components on the A330s include a 16” ‘Red’ Panasonic eX2 system graphical user interface with more than 300 hours of entertainment. The 777 will have the same technology but on an 18” screen. On-board connectivity on both types of aircraft will be provided by Lufthansa Systems.
Business class will introduce suite-like seating, which B/E Aerospace named the ‘Super Diamond.’ The Super Diamond suite has a built-in unique tablet holder specially designed for Virgin Australia, a side console with a USB port and universal power socket and multiple lighting settings (reading light, soft ambient lamp and brighter overhead light). The business cabin upgrade will also feature a new bar.
Passengers in Premium Economy will see fewer seats available in the cabin to offer a 41 inch seat pitch, which means three inches more legroom per seat than the previous design.