Aircraft Cabin Management

Virgin Australia unveils new cabin seating prototype

Virgin Australia has unveiled a new cabin interior design prototype which it plans to trial on two of its new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Eight new business class and 162 economy seats have been fitted with a new horizontal rib design, “providing guests added support and comfort when they fly”.

“Virgin Australia is committed to being a customer-led business, so once we receive feedback from our guests and crew we’ll consider implementing elements of the new design as our fleet grows,” said Virgin Australia Group’s chief customer and digital officer Paul Jones.

“We’re really focussed on creating great experiences for our guests and the design has been carefully considered to implement thoughtful features that we know will make travelling with Virgin Australia all that more enjoyable.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how the new design will influence our fleet moving forward as we continue to expand our fleet and network as the market recovers.”

The airline’s new business class seats provide an extra recline of seven inches, up to 40 per cent more than the current business class seating, as well as customisable leg and footrests.

Other features include self-deployable, non-slip cocktail tables, and movable tray tables with in-built device holders.

Business class seating

The new economy seating features a seatback device holder, upper safety card and menu stowage, and for ‘Economy X’ passengers, 40 per cent extra legroom.

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