Virgin Atlantic unveils A350 cabins with 6ft 10in beds and a communal cocktail area

Virgin Atlantic has revealed pictures of its updated A350 aircraft. The Red Velvet planes have plush economy areas and jaw-dropping Upper Class Suites. Customers will also be treated to brand new entertainment system features and upgraded seats.


Here’s everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated carriers.  Virgin has made the biggest changes to its Upper Class cabins. In these posh areas, seats have been laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration.  This allows customers to get in and out of the aisles without disturbing others around them. The suites have also been made more private. Passengers have the option of moving screens around their chairs to make the experience more peaceful.


Those who want to take a kip can recline their seats to create a fully flat bed. This space is 6ft 10 long so should still be able to accommodate the tallest of customers. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the upgraded entertainment options. Virgin has launched its biggest ever screen, which spans a sizeable 18.5 inches. Customers can also check out The Loft, a communal lounge area where they can enjoy cocktails and light refreshments. 


Premium and Economy flyers are also being treated to some upgrades. The new A350 is offering wider entertainment screens, which will be 11.6 inches in standard class. Seats have also been given a makeover to make them more comfortable. Economy holidaymakers will notice the chairs have been fashioned from a more luxurious fabric. Meanwhile, Premium punters will be able to recline their seats seven inches more than they could before.

Rob Burgess, editor of the UK's biggest frequent flyer website www.headforpoints.com, recently passed his verdict on the new suites. He remarked: “Virgin Atlantic has grown up! “I think the new Upper Class Suite is classy and smart and solves most of my problems with the current seat.

“You have more privacy, you have far more personal space, the IFE screen is much bigger, and you don't need the help of the cabin crew to turn the seat into a bed.”He added: “Little tweaks like being able to use your phone to control the IFE and the adjustable suite mood lighting, as well as the simultaneous introduction of new bedding and toiletries, mean that the entire Upper Class experience should be transformed.

 “There will also be Wi-Fi for the first time. “'The Loft' is a brave attempt at trying something new with an on-board social hub. “Instead of a bar, you have a sofa where families can watch a big-screen TV together and a table where colleagues can sit and work.“The changes to the Premium and Economy cabins, whilst more modest in scope, show an attempt to create a more upmarket image.”


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