Virgin Australia's all-new Airbus A330 business class takes to the skies today, and we've got the first photos of the seats and cabin.
The pointy end of the upgraded Airbus A330s features 20 business class seats, four down from the previous count, due to Virgin's move from a 2-2-2 layout to a more passenger-friendly 1-2-1 configuration in which each traveller has direct access to the aisle.
The seats are made from a stylish carbon fibre shell, which has drawn inspiration from premium automotive interiors. It's been designed by Tangerine London, Virgin Australia Creative Director Hans Hulsbosch, and manufactured by B/E Aerospace.
The seats are angled towards the window and have ample personal space in terms of both shelving and stowage nooks.
The side table is large enough to fit a magazine and a drink.
Underneath that table is where you access the power and USB ports. You can leave your devices to charge even during take off.
And there's plenty of space to work on the dining table.
Next to you is a clever little storage area for the headphone case.
At the seat, you're provided with a stylish pillow and blanket combo.
For overnight flights such as the notorious red-eye services from Perth to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the seat converts into a fully flat bed that's topped with a memory foam mattress and high-grade cotton pillows and doonas.
The seat's wrap-around shell adds privacy and makes it a little more of a 'suite'.
The middle pairs of seats are angled towards one another, with a perspex privacy screen which slides back so you can chat with your seatmate.
The high definition 16" display features Virgin's new user interface.
And interesting new features like group chat.
A second display on the side of the seat allows you to change your position without interrupting the entertainment.
The new meals are available available at any time during the flight, as well as an 'express dining' service for when work (or sleep) trumps meals.
Here's one Virgin Australia's head chef Luke Mangan prepared earlier.
There's also a new Nespresso coffee service, using the world's first custom-designed Nespresso machine to be fitted to an Airbus A330, which Virgin promises will "deliver the finest coffee in the sky."
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