Virgin Atlantic unveils revised A330 Upper Class

Virgin Atlantic's new A330 Upper Class

Virgin Atlantic has finally revealed its revised A330 Upper Class seating which has been redesigned in the style of the B787 product.

As Business Traveller has previously reported, our readers were unenthusiastic about the A330’s Upper Class seating.

Between now and early 2018 Virgin Atlantic will be refitting all ten of its A330 Upper Class cabins.

The aircraft will feature a similar layout and design to the B787 which has been a hit with customers and will ensure the airline’s business class offering is more consistent across the fleet.

Features include new Upper Class seats, more overhead locker space, a redesigned bar, and the latest touchscreen technology in each suite.

Redesigned Upper Class bar on Virgin Atlantic's A330

Premium economy also benefits from the refit with a “Wander Wall” concept introduced on the A330 for the first time – enabling customers to stretch their legs, mingle and enjoy a complimentary snack during the flight.

Mark Anderson, executive VP, customer, commented:

“We’re investing over £300 million to improve our customers’ experience of flying with us including a new website, developing a fully wifi connected fleet and the refit of our Upper Class cabins.”

“Over the next year we’re refitting all ten of our A330s to offer a more consistent experience across our fleet.”

Key features include:

  • A330 Upper Class cabin will have 31 seats with direct aisle access
  • New flat-bed seats are the same design as those already installed on the B787
  • Latest touch-screen technology
  • The bar is now relocated and is now adjacent to the Wander Wall in premium economy. This provides more privacy between the communal area and the nearest seats in Upper Class and premium economy.

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  • Very happy to hear about a revamped A330. I’ve only had the misfortune to fly the current UC once, but it was just plain awful. The rest of my flights have been very comfortable, thank goodness. The purser told me on that flight that there were passengers who refused to fly on the plane!

  • Still don’t get it. What is the point of having windows if you are facing backwards from them? What’s the point of having people virtually facing each other. I’ve flown VA UC several times now (no other choice since Delta has given up the ghost on most of its flights to England) and I find it very offputting. The only redeeming quality is that their flight attendants are nice. But so are the Delta FAs and their food and their seats I think are better. However, I haven’t tried this new configuration yet, so I hope it is better.

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