Virgin Atlantic unveils new seating for A350-1000 fleet

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled the new Upper Class suite that will feature in its incoming A350-1000 fleet, alongside new products across the cabin. The lie-flat, direct-aisle-access seat – essentially the carrier’s business-class offering – is manufactured by Safran and arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The cabin also includes a new “social space” known as “The Loft”, which replaces the bar featured in its current fleet. The area includes seating and a large screen with Bluetooth connectivity.

The UK carrier has also unveiled a new premium economy seat manufactured by Collins Aerospace and an economy seat manufactured by Recaro.

The new seats will feature on Virgin Atlantic’s A350-1000 fleet only, and the carrier currently has no plans to retrofit the rest of its aircraft. The airline’s first A350-1000, named Red Velvet, is due to go into service in late summer 2019. It will operate on Virgin Atlantic’s London Heathrow to New York John F Kennedy route.

The carrier is set to receive four A350-1000s this year, and a further eight by the end of 2021.


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