Virgin Atlantic’s latest Airbus A350s will swap their spacious business class lounge The Loft for a more private dining space for two.
Christened The Booth, it's a continued evolution of Virgin's signature inflight bar for passengers in the Upper Class business cabin.
The Booth will debut on a second tranche of five A350-1000 deliveries, due from the end of 2021, which in turn will introduce a 'leisure' configuration in contrast to the previous 12 'premium' jets.
Serving Virgin's network of holiday destinations such as Orlando and Caribbean instead of larger centres like New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Johannesburg, these Airbus A350s skew their seating layout accordingly.
The business class cabin is being downsized from 44 berths to just 16, although Virgin is retaining the same Upper Class suite.
With both A350 versions having 56 premium economy seats, the leisure A350 gets one hundred more economy seats, taking the tally from 235 to 335.
With so few business class seats on these holiday-mode A350s, Virgin Atlantic took a different approach to carving out a social space for its premium passengers.
Developed in partnership with UK firm Factorydesign, and modelled after what you might spy in a cosy cocktail bar, The Booth has seating for just two travellers on either side of a small table, with 27" video screens and streaming Bluetooth audio.
Virgin Atlantic hasn't revealed how The Booth will be made available to its well-heeled holiday makers, although we expect it will be offered for cocktails or perhaps the airline's High Tea service (the table seems on the small side for sharing a meal) and perhaps packaged as an Upper Class up-sell.