Virgin Unveils New International Business Class

Yesterday Virgin Australia officially unveiled its new International Business Class cabin, with the first of its refitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft now flying across the Pacific. Those who read our post, or have flown on Virgin’s refreshed Domestic Long Haul Business class (Airbus A330), will be familiar with the “The Business”, which features a reverse herringbone layout, maximising privacy and enabling 100 per cent direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration.

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The refitted Boeing 777 Business Class offers 37 individual and private suites with seats that convert into an 80inch long bed (the same length as a Queen mattress), complemented by memory foam mattress toppers and high-grade cotton pillows and doona. The 16 inch domestic screens have been upgraded to 18 inch HD touch screens, making them the largest in-flight entertainment screen flying between Australia and North America. A generous side console area will provide ample space to work, multitask and store personal items, with the addition of a bedside amenity nook for easy access while resting.

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Luke Mangan-designed menus continue to feature with the addition of three new ‘Signature Service’ elements designed to enhance Virgin Australia’s award-winning service including:

  • A cocktail and canapé service offered prior to the first meal service with a choice of Bellini, Kir Royale or Mimosa along with a Luke Mangan-designed canapé plate.
  • A new Business Class Bar open after the first meal service and hosted by Business Class cabin crew, offering a selection of nibbles and bites, beer, wine and spirits as well as a hot beverage selection with petit fours.
  • Continental breakfast at the bar prior to the full breakfast service, or the opportunity to enjoy a full breakfast at the bar rather than in the suite.

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Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti said “Virgin Australia is committed to product innovation and delivering a superior customer journey on the ground and in the air.” “With competition increasing from Australia to North America and the Middle East, we believe this will be the best Business Class on the Pacific, with the product also being introduced to Abu Dhabi later this year,” Borghetti continues.

For 80,000 Bonus Virgin Velocity points (you’ll only need another 21,000 to fly ‘The Business’ one way to LAX) check out the American Express Velocity Platinum card.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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