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A vision of The Loft (image: Virgin Atlantic)

Virgin Atlantic reveals new A350 cabins

High-paying upper-class customers flying to JFK, Atlanta and LA will be able to relax in a plush new zone called The Loft.

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a set of redesigned cabins for its new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, including The Loft, a plush zone for ‘upper class’ passengers.

The airline will get its first three A350s this summer, to initially fly routes between London Heathrow and New York JFK, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Virgin has ordered 12 A350-1000 aircraft to be delivered by the end of 2021, which will feature 44 seats in upper class, 56 in premium economy and 235 in economy.

It says that the new cabins will include bigger windows, extra storage space, high-speed wi-fi, USB charging points and an enhanced entertainment system, TTG reports.

The Loft is designed as a social space for high-paying upper-class customers, who will also be able to relax in a new suite. It will be the largest of its kind on any of Virgin’s aircraft with space for up to eight customers.

The privileged passengers will be able to drink or dine with friends or use a 32-inch (81cm) touchscreen monitor and eight Bluetooth audio jacks to allow passengers to view content together. Seatbelts will be placed in The Loft in case of turbulence.

All of the new upper class suites will be in a 1-2-1 configuration and face towards the windows, featuring more privacy, space and storage, adjustable mood lighting and an 18.5-inch (47cm) screen.

Delta partnership
Virgin Atlantic, which is 49% owned by the US carrier Delta, says the A350s will eventually serve routes from both Heathrow and Gatwick.

Virgin and Delta have also announced plans for up to 18 daily flights from Gatwick to JFK and Boston from summer 2020.

This will see Delta return to Gatwick for the first time in eight years after operating only from Heathrow.

Virgin, meanwhile, has two new routes coming, Heathrow-Tel Aviv launching on September 25 and its first South American route between London Heathrow and Sao Paulo in April 2020.

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