Virgin Atlantic’s first A350-1000 is landing later this week, and in advance of a look at the real thing, the airline has released a CGI video showing off the cabin interiors.
The video shows new social space concept The Loft, which has a 32-inch TV screen with the ability to connect individual headsets via Bluetooth.
The Loft replaces its traditional business class bar area with a more work-oriented offering, where passengers will be able to gather and give presentations (availability depending).
It provides a peek at what Virgin describes as a “deployable privacy screen” on its business class seats (at 0:19), which appear to come about a quarter of the way across the seat entrance.
Seat storage in business appears to be two shelves at head-height with a sliding door, while the seat light is shown adjusting position.
The new business configuration sees all seats point outwards towards the windows.
Seats have a 44-inch pitch and convert through controls into a bed without the passenger having to get out and flip it over, as before.
The video also gives a quick look inside the premium economy and economy cabins. Premium economy (below) is configured 2-4-2 across five rows, while economy is configured 3-3-3.
Virgin has previously announced that premium economy will have increased storage and 13.3-inch screens, 7-inch recline and 18.5-inch width.
Economy (below) has new seat fabrics, 11.5-inch screens and USB ports. Seats are 17.4 inches wide with 31 to 34 inches of pitch (Virgin offers three economy fares, Classic, Light and Delight.)
The next-generation aircraft is set to initially operate six flights per week on the route from September 10, departing Heathrow on flight VS153 at 1330, arriving into JFK at 1625, returning on VS138 at 1900, landing back into London at 0720 the following day.
From September 25 the outbound A350 service will switch to flight VS137, departing Heathrow at 1150 and arriving into New York at 1450.
Until October 26 the aircraft will not operate on Thursdays, and between October 27 and March 28, 2020, it will not operate on Tuesdays.
However note that launch dates for new aircraft are often subject to alteration, so caution is always advised when making bookings.
Virgin expects to have 12 A350s in its fleet by 2021.
British Airways performed the inaugural passenger flight for its own A350-1000 this week.