The layout of Virgin Atlantic’s new aircraft, which will travel to Orlando and Barbados, has been revealed, and it has a smaller Upper Class lounge named The Booth.
The new Airbus A350-1000s will have a capacity of 397 passengers, up from 335 in the main fleet. The economy will gain 90 seats, but Premium Economy will remain at 56 seats and Upper Class will be cut from 44 to 16.
Only two people will be seated in the Upper Class Booth, separated by a single leaf table. The aesthetic was created to match the airline’s larger Loft area seen on the main A350 aircraft, according to Virgin. The Loft has taken the position of the bar area, which is now exclusively featured on Virgin’s A330 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
A digital art gallery and a tail and belly cam of the aircraft are among the features of the Booth’s two 27-inch touch screen monitors. Passengers can attach headsets to the monitor’s audio through two Bluetooth audio connections.
From December 2021, the new aircraft will fly Heathrow-Orlando. Other vacation hotspots, such as Barbados, will get it later in 2022. By June 2023, three A350s are expected to be delivered.
Virgin’s chief customer and operations officer, Corneel Koster, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve curated The Booth specifically for our customers jetting off on holiday to our sunny destinations, such as Orlando, offering a truly stylish start to their trips.”
The airline’s first A350 leisure aircraft, G-VEVE, will be christened Fearless Lady in honor of Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson’s late mother Eve Branson.
Lady Emmeline (G-VLIB), named for Emmeline Pankhurst, the founder of the women’s suffrage movement, will be released in April.
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