No Upper Class on initial Virgin A330-300s

11 Nov 2010 by AndrewGough

Virgin Atlantic has released the seating plan for its new two-class A330-300s, due for delivery from March next year.

According to the official seat maps, the first A330s to be delivered will offer just two classes – economy and premium economy – with a total capacity of 312. To see the seating plan, click here.

As previously reported on Business Traveller (see online news May 25), the first two aircraft to be delivered (of a total order of ten) will be used on leisure routes. Upper class may feature on subsequent deliveries to be used on routes such as JFK and Los Angeles with strong business demand, but no details are yet known.

While the first A330s will not have Upper class seating, they are expected to feature entirely new economy and premium economy products. Sir Richard Branson has in the past said the “next generation” seating would surpass even that of Virgin America, and be “lighter and even more comfortable than those in the air today.”

The seats are expected to feature new IFE, with USB ports and power sockets in Premium Economy. In-flight connectivity will allow for the use of emails and texts on Blackberries, hand-held PDAs and other mobile devices.

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Report by Andrew Gough

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