Virgin Atlantic unveils brand new interiors for its A330-200 fleet with business class, premium and economy all getting eye-catching makeovers
- The upper and economy cabins on the aircraft will see the biggest changes on Virgin’s small A330-200 fleet
- Four aircraft were acquired by Virgin Atlantic earlier this year from the now defunct Air Berlin
- They have replaced several of the airline’s Dreamliners, which have had issues with their Rolls-Royce engines
- The retrofit will be entirely unique to these four aircraft and may be used more widely depending on feedback
Virgin Atlantic has unveiled brand new interiors for its A330-200 fleet, which is being given an eye-catching makeover, as these CGI images show.
All three cabins – upper class, premium economy and economy – are set to be refreshed and the new look will be rolled out on services from November.
The upper and economy cabins on the aircraft will see the biggest changes while the premium cabin will have more subtle upgrades.
Virgin Atlantic has unveiled brand new interiors for its A330-200 fleet, which is being given an eye-catching makeover, as these CGI images show. Pictured is the upper class cabin
All seats in upper class on the A330-200 are able to recline into a fully flat bed at just the touch of a button. This feature will remain in the new cabin
Passengers are able to chose from one of three suites, including the love suite (rendering shows it post-refit) designed with couples and small groups of travellers in mind, in the middle of the cabin
The solo corner suite in the upper class cabin on a Virgin Atlantic A330-200. It is designed for passengers who are travelling alone, as the name cunningly suggests
Another suite upper class passengers can choose from is the freedom solo suite, which is billed as the ideal accommodation for a single traveller who wishes to ‘unwind and stretch out’ while having easy aisle access
The four A330-200s were introduced to Virgin Atlantic’s fleet in March after the airline acquired them from the now defunct Air Berlin.
The aircraft were brought in to replace several of Virgin’s Dreamliner aircraft, which have had issues with their Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. There is currently a global shortage of these power units.
The issue Virgin Atlantic faced with its newly acquired planes is that they were obviously decked out with Air Berlin cabin designs and not Virgin Atlantic’s signature style.
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So the aircraft’s cabins will be retrofitted with new Virgin Atlantic interiors that are unique to these four planes.
The most striking differences will be in business class, which Virgin Atlantic calls ‘upper class’.
Exclusive to the A330-200s all upper class suites will feature direct aisle access and enhanced surface area for additional personal space.
And the seat fabric will be entirely upholstered with natural and soft Espresso leather, which Virgin Atlantic says underlines its flair.
An infographic showing the layout of the upper class cabin on board Virgin’s A330-200 fleet, which joined the airline earlier this year
An infographic showing the features of the new upper class suites, which will have more space for personal possessions
Meanwhile, there are several unique aspects to the A330-200 upper class cabin that will remain in the new design.
These include the seats that convert to a bed at the touch of a button – in other Virgin Atlantic cabins you need to flip the seat manually – and the three ‘suites’.
The love suite is designed with couples and small groups of travellers in mind. It’s in the middle of the cabin and according to the carrier is ideal for dining, watching movies or catching up on work in-flight with a travel companion.
The solo corner suite promises ‘a little privacy with a great view’ for passengers travelling alone.
While the freedom solo suite is billed as the ideal accommodation for a single traveller who wishes to ‘unwind and stretch out’ while having easy aisle access.
In the premium cabin there will be 35 seats offering Virgin Atlantic’s standard 38-inch seat pitch and a bespoke food and drink menu. There will only be subtle upgrades in this cabin
The economy cabin changes will include seats featuring classic red and beige tones and brand new leather headrests.
While in the premium cabin, there will be 35 seats offering Virgin Atlantic’s standard 38-inch seat pitch and a bespoke food and drink menu.
Each cabin will also be decked out with black cherry curtains and carpets, along with refreshed bathrooms and ‘stylish mood lighting and wall finishes’.
Standard for Virgin Atlantic, all flights will offer high speed WiFi, power in every seat and the latest onboard entertainment.
Daniel Kerzner, vice president of customer experience at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘Earlier this year, we acquired A330-200s to maintain our flying programme and were committed to refurbishing these aircraft to our high standards.
The economy cabin, pictured, will also see additional touches of the airline’s style throughout the cabin. Seats will feature classic red and beige tones, along with brand new leather headrests
‘We quickly gathered insights from our customers that have influenced the exciting product we’re launching later this year.
‘In only a few months we’ve been able to source, design and manufacture new cabin interiors, which is a true testament to our teams and their focus on giving our customers a truly Virgin Atlantic experience. When life gives you lemons, we say – make sparkling lemonade!’
Virgin Atlantic told MailOnline Travel that this cabin upgrade might be used on other aircraft in the future depending on customer feedback.
The four aircraft have already been christened Strawberry Fields, Honky Tonk Woman, Scarlett O’Hara and Daydream Believer.
One of the four A330-200 aircraft Virgin has acquired from the now defunct Air Berlin. They fly out of Manchester to destinations including New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Barbados
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The revamped jets, which have also been painted Virgin’s signature red-and-white, have initially been put to work on flights from Manchester to New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Barbados.
Along with interior changes to its A330-200 aircraft, Virgin Atlantic says it is making a range of enhancements to its customer experiences.
The airline, owned by Sir Richard Branson, recently announced a new collaboration with premium sock manufacturer ‘Happy Socks’ to create 100,000 bespoke socks for passengers.
The partnership is the latest in a long line of customer experience initiatives being introduced by Virgin Atlantic, following its recent partnerships with master pâtissière Eric Lanlard to create a mile-high afternoon tea, and esteemed scent designer Rachel Vosper to design a bespoke scent, ‘AIR’, used throughout the customer’s journey.
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