Virgin Australia unveils the interior design prototype of the future
- Virgin Australia unveils an all-new prototype aircraft interior design with up to 40% more recline capacity in business class.
- Two Boeing 737-800s from the airline’s fleet were fitted with the new seats and interior fittings, as part of a first test.
- Following feedback from the test, Virgin Australia will review the design of future aircraft acquired as part of the airline’s fleet expansion, which is already underway.
Thursday, November 11, 2021: In a video posted to TikTok today, Virgin Australia exclusively unveiled its new interior design prototype, delivering a renewed seating experience that will initially be tested on two of the nine new Boeing 737-800s from the airline company.
Mirroring the interior configuration of Virgin Australia’s existing Boeing 737-800 fleet, eight new business class seats and 162 economy seats have been fitted with the distinctive new horizontal rib design, providing customers with increased support and comfort when they fly.
A nod to Virgin Australia’s existing design cues, the famous purple LED interior lighting that adorns Virgin Australia aircraft is back, and an embossed leaf pattern that is evident in the majority of airport lounges in the airline was pressed into the Economy head restraints.
Business Class Features
Business Class seats offer an additional seven-inch recline – up to 40% more than current Business Class seats, as well as customizable legrests and footrests for added comfort during travel .
Along with upgraded seating, the airline outfitted the prototype cabin with self-deploying, non-slip cocktail tables, perfect for pre-departure bubbles, as well as movable trays with integrated device racks – helping to maximize space and friendliness during meal service.
There are also additional storage compartments in the seat for personal items, including a high power USB charging port.
In a first for Virgin Australia, the airline’s Economy cabin seats feature a seatback device mount, which can accommodate everything from a small smartphone to a larger tablet, making it easy to use. of personal devices making entertaining in the air easier than ever.
Another notable feature is the superior security card and menu storage, freeing up space in the seat pocket for storing personal items.
Customers who upgrade to Economy X will still enjoy stretching with 40% more legroom.
Paul Jones, head of customer and digital for Virgin Australia Group, said the new interior adds to a long list of customer enhancements the airline has rolled out since relaunching almost 12 months ago. .
“We are delighted to unveil our new interior prototype which we will be testing over the next few months,” said Mr. Jones.
“Virgin Australia is committed to being a customer-driven business, so once we have received feedback from our guests and our crew, we will consider implementing elements of the new design as we go forward. fleet grows.
“We are eager for customers to experience the new interior for themselves if they have the chance to fly on one of the two planes originally equipped with the new design.
“We are really focused on creating great experiences for our customers and the design has been carefully thought out to implement thoughtful features that we know will make traveling with Virgin Australia even more enjoyable.
“We look forward to seeing how the redesign will influence our fleet as we continue to expand our fleet and network as the market recovers,” he said.
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