Virgin Australia really means business with their new A330 class
I used to be exclusively a Qantas boy when it came to domestic flights – I liked the seats, the service, the little tray you got at breakfast with a banana, cereal and warm food. Virgin Blue as it used to be known wasn’t my favourite – it was always just a bit too budget for me, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it just never impressed me.
But then Virgin Blue became Virgin Australia, the seats became leather, complimentary snacks became a thing, the caramelised onion and toasted cheese sandwich became my new pre-flight lounge meal and a business class was introduced – which Virgin Australia has this week revealed are about to become oh so much better and (in their words) will set “a new standard in domestic business class around the world.”
So what’s new about the A330 Business Class? Well, pretty much everything. The new A330 Business Class called “The Business” really means, er, business with:
- The world’s longest and widest fully lie-flat bed in domestic business class;
- Reverse herringbone cabin layout, maximising privacy and enabling 100 per cent direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration;
- The latest in in-flight comfort, with ample space to multi-task, customised triple-layer seat cushion supported by a hammock sub-frame and a turndown service with memory foam mattress toppers and high-grade cotton pillows and doonas;
- High Definition 16″ touch screens featuring the Virgin Australia Entertainment seatback system with an enhanced graphical user interface;
- Individualised, award-winning service from dedicated Virgin Australia cabin crew;
- A restaurant-style, hand-delivered fine dining experience enabling guests to dine when they want, with new Luke Mangan-designed menus and premium Australian wines; and
- A world-first collaboration with Nespresso which aims to deliver the finest coffee in the sky.
Extra wide beds! Suite-style business class! Nespresso in the sky! It’ll be a lucky bunch of travellers who’ll experience the new class when it launches across the fleet in October 2015. Virgin will also launch its new long-haul Business Class suits on Boeing 777 flights to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi by the end of 2015. Can. Not. Wait.
In the meantime, check out the gallery of the new suites here. Sweet.
NEW AIRBUS A330 BUSINESS CLASS FEATURES IN DETAIL
- Individual suites in a 1-2-1 seat configuration which convert into the longest and widest domestic fully lie-flat bed (Length: 80” Width: 28”)
- Reverse herringbone cabin layout, maximising privacy and enabling 100% direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration;
- Retractable privacy screen dividing centre seats.
- Simply tailored, hopsack seat upholstery with leather head and arm rests and customised triple-layer seat cushion supported by a hammock sub-frame.
- Unique tablet holder specifically designed for Virgin Australia as well as dedicated side console that expands your workspace with high power USB and universal power socket.
- Three types of adjustable lighting including reading light, soft ambient lamp and brighter overhead light.
- High Definition 16″ touch screens with an enhanced graphical user interface for the Virgin Australia Entertainment seatback system and 400 hours of entertainment.
- Enhanced restaurant-style, hand-delivered fine dining service enabling guests to dine when they want with new Luke Mangan-designed menus, new table linen and Virgin Australia’s iconic Opera House salt and pepper shakers
- Turndown service by Cabin Crew with memory foam mattress toppers and high-grade cotton pillows and doonas, day blanket and pillow for daytime services.
- Amenity kit featuring REN cosmetics.