Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330neos to get new business class seats, bar

By David Flynn, June 18 2019
Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330neos to get new business class seats, bar

Virgin Atlantic will add 14 factory-fresh Airbus A330-900 to its international fleet from 2021, and they'll sport a newer Upper Class business class seat than even the A350-1000s which take wing from August later this year.

That swish suite, which includes a door which slides halfway across for a semi-private approach to business class, was tailored specifically for the wider cabin dimensions of the A350 – so it won't readily fit into the narrower profile of the A330neo or Virgin's forthcoming Boeing 787-9s.

Read: Virgin Atlantic's A350 Upper Class business class seat revealed

"This product was designed bespoke for the Airbus 350, there are no plans to roll this out to the rest of the fleet," Virgin Atlantic's Vice-President of Customer Experience, Daniel Kerzner, told Executive Traveller on the sidelines of the A350 Upper Class launch earlier this year.

"We're dealing with a very different fuselage width (on the Dreamliners and A330s)" he added.

The A330neo jets will also need a different version of 'The Loft'  created for Virgin's A350, which swaps the airline's iconic bar for a five-seater lounge space.

Today's Virgin A330 jets feature a compact bar with three seats snuck between the exit doors, but Virgin is moving away from the stand-up bar towards relaxed social spaces with the option of a drinks and snack service.

Virgin Atlantic has signed up for fourteen jets from this larger member of the A330neo family, with options for six more. Arriving between 2021 and 2024, they'll be used to retire all of Virgin's Airbus A330-200 and Airbus A330-300 jets,


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

22 Jan 2018

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I’ve only ever flown their 789s (LHR-SEA) which I do love.

02 Dec 2016

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Well I've flown their 789s LAX - LHR rtn in economy and I'm no fan of the 787 9 abreast seating.

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