Update: we've got first pics and full details on Virgin Australia's lie-flat business class seats on its new Airbus A330s.
Virgin Australia is planning a raft of changes to its new Airbus A330s when the latest of the big birds begin flying in May.
A Virgin Australia spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the third and fourth A330s – which will both be factory-fresh aircraft delivered straight from Airbus HQ at Toulouse, France – will be fitted with a different type of seating compared to both of Virgin's current A330s, which were bought 'pre-loved' from Emirates.
A revised layout will remove the middle seat from the A330's business class cabin for a less-squeezy 2-2-2 configuration.
The spokesperson said that each seat from tip to tail in the new A330s will also sport the same Panasonic in-flight entertainment system as on Virgin Australia's international Boeing 777s.
The pair of Airbus A330s will debut in mid-May on two new 'Coast to Coast' flights between Melbourne and Perth, as well as running a morning peak hour service between Melbourne and Sydney.
The Virgin Australia spokesperson said while a further two Airbus A330s due for delivery this year would sport the same 'seats and screens' changes, the airline's first two A330s would not be upgraded to remove the middle seat.