Virgin Atlantic’s Gatwick fleet gets upgrade

Virgin Atlantic passengers travelling to Orlando, the Caribbean and Las Vegas will soon enjoy new seats in premium economy and economy as well as new in-flight entertainment systems (IFE).

As part of its it’s wider £100 million product investment plans, Virgin Atlantic has announced its first step to invest over £50 million into the refurbishment of its Gatwick fleet of aircraft next year, the Antigua Observer reported.

The retrofit process is expected to begin in May 2012 and will incorporate a complete interior retrofit of each of Virgin Atlantic’s 747-400 aircraft operating out of Gatwick and Manchester.

Virgin Atlantic Regional Manager-Caribbean Nick Parker, said the airline is increasing capacity to the Caribbean, with extra flights to Cuba, Tobago and Grenada taking the total number of flights to this region to 24 a week.

Premium economy will now feature a 38” pitch leather seat, offering enhanced ergonomics for improved comfort and a dual position footrest, lumbar support and adjustable headrest with wings.

The newly fitted aircraft will also feature Virgin Atlantic’s revolutionary new IFE system in all cabins offering 300 hours of content on its touch screen system.

The aircraft will also be fitted with ‘eXphone’ system allowing passengers to use their mobile phone on board for voice, text and email services.

“We are looking forward to seeing how customers like our new touch screen entertainment system,” Mr Parker said.

The newly fitted Boeing 747-400 aircraft is expected to be completed by October 2012 and will join the airlines brand new Airbus A330 aircraft that operate from both Gatwick and Manchester.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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