Factorydesign worked in collaboration with Virgin Atlantic’s in-house design team to develop the Retreat Suite, Upper Class Suite and The Loft for their new A330-900neo.
The Retreat Suite is an innovation in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class and consists of two exclusive suites at the front of the cabin. The airline’s most spacious suite yet, comprising a 6ft 7” direct seat to fully flat bed, and a 27” touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging. Each suite has an ottoman that doubles up as an extra seat, so that up to four people can comfortably dine, chat or play games in their own private social space.
In addition to The Retreat Suite, the A330neo will offer 30 brand new Upper Class suites. The fully forward-facing suite offers more space and storage alongside a fully closing privacy door, with a ‘do not disturb’ feature, passenger-controlled mood lighting and a 17.3” touchscreen TV.
The airline’s award-winning social space, The Loft, remains a focal point of the cabin design as passengers board the aircraft, and is a core part of the Upper Class experience. An evolution of design from the Airbus A350, The Loft consists of space for eight people, allowing guests to sit, perch and chat, or enjoy refreshments from the new self-service fridge and drinks dispenser. Passengers can also connect Bluetooth headphones to the dual panoramic 27” touchscreens or utilise the wireless charging facilities for their devices.
The A330-900neos are designed to be 11 per cent more fuel and carbon efficient than the A330-300 that they are replacing and will deliver a 50 per cent reduction in airport noise contour. Virgin Atlantic’s A330-900neo is expected to take off to Boston on its first passenger flight in early October.
The new aircraft is crucial to the airline’s fleet transformation into the cleanest in the sky.