Virgin Australia has unveiled a new interior design prototype of the future on two Boeing 737-800s, as part of the initial trial. The design includes new interior features and seats, with Business Class seats offering an additional recline of up to 40 percent.
On Thursday (November 11, 2021), Virgin Australia announced the launch of a new interior design prototype of the future. The initial trial includes two Boeing 737-800s with new seats and interior features, including Business Class seats that offer an additional recline of up to 40 percent, as well as customizable leg and footrests. The aircraft have been configured with eight Business Class and 162 Economy Class seats that have been fitted with a distinctive new horizontal rib design. There are also in-seat storage cubbies for personal items and a USB charging port. The prototype cabin design has also been fitted with self-deployable non-slip cocktail tables, as well as movable tray tables with built-in device holders.
In Thursday’s announcement, Virgin Australia’s Chief Customer and Digital Officer, Paul Jones, said,
“We are excited to unveil our new interior prototype which we are going to trial over the next few months. 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. We can’t wait for guests to experience the new interior for themselves if they’re lucky enough to fly on either of the two aircraft that have initially been fitted with the new design.
“We’re really focused 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.”
Virgin Australia's New Boeing 737-800 Prototype Cabin Design - Courtesy Virgin Australia
Following feedback from the trial, Virgin Australia will consider the design for future aircraft acquisitions. The new cabin prototype is part of a long list of enhancements the airline has rolled out since relaunching 12 months ago including a simplified fare structure, many new destinations, new Business Class and Lounge menus, a New Economy Class buy-onboard menu and new Velocity Frequent Flyer everyday earning partnerships. The carrier has also resumed international partnerships with Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways, connecting guests with destinations around the world.
Source: Virgin Australia