The first Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Dreamliner has touched down at Gatwick Airport after completing its first transatlantic flight from the Everett Paine airfield at Boeing.
Named ‘Birthday Girl’ – the airline’s first Boeing Dreamliner will begin scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Boston on the 28th October.
Fitted out in the usual Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class Suite cabins this is one of 15 787 twin engine aircraft Virgin Atlantic has ordered from the US manufacturer.
With larger, electronically lit passenger windows, more space inside with larger overhead hand luggage storage and a quieter environment the 787 should offer passengers a more relaxed travel experience. Virgin Atlantic have also upgraded their cabins to add to the passenger experience.
Virgin’s 31 Upper Class Suite seats are set out in 1 – 1 – 1 layout across the aircraft. They are pretty unique as they provide a seat that you can recline from the moment you board the aircraft.Unlike other similar class seat you never need to put the seatback into an upright position.The business class cabin now has a new bar backdrop offering passengers a place to socialise.
The 35 Premium Economy seats provide the usual extra space and comfort that you would expect and similar to the Upper Class cabin there is also a ‘social space’ called the ‘Wander Wall’ where you can stretch their legs and mingle with other passengers.
For the remaining 196 seats on this aircraft you will find, according to Virgin Atlantic, the ‘best-in-class’ seating. The Recaro 3620 model seats provide space saving solutions to give you more room to stretch out and enjoy the flight.
As always the airline will provide the latest inflight entertainment along with wi-fi access that is available from as soon as you board the aircraft, right through to landing at your destination. No information on costs for this service has been released yet but with the recent regulation changes with mobile devices it will certainly be another feature that will attract ‘social’ passengers.
Before this aircraft goes into service it will depart on an inaugural flight to Atlanta, the home of part owner Delta.
This wont be any normal inaugural flight! The airline, also celebrating 30 years in the airline industry this year and will be hosting a gig for an audience of over 250 VIPs onboard and,for the first time ever, it will be streamed live from above the Atlantic Ocean to an online audience.
To watch the #flightdecks stream just visit https://flightdecks.virgin-atlantic.com/
For more information on the Virgin Atlantic #787 experience just visit http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en/…