Even more exciting, though we’re not sure whether it will be entirely feasible, are the mumblings about London to Perth and London to Hawaii. No other airline offers this, and while economics will always determine what happens, it’d be pretty major if Virgin can get the numbers to add up.
What will you find inside the Virgin Dreamliner? The 787-9 will have three cabin classes with a total of 250 to 290 seats, depending on the configuration. Up front, there’s Virgin’s Upper Class business product (above), with the latest herringbone seating just re-introduced on the Airbus A330-300, with presumably the famous in-flight bar. Seating is now 1-2-1 across on the A330, which is denser than 1-1-1 previously on the A340, so we’re curious to see whether the narrower body of the 787 will get 1-2-1 as well.
Premium Economy, where Virgin has had a strong offer since the introduction of its purple leather seating, will almost certainly be 2-3-2. We’d love to see Economy in eight across seating (2-4-2), but we’d be surprised if that were the case: expect 3-3-3, or nine across total.
We'll keep you posted when we find out more.
[Rendering & Photo: Virgin Atlantic]