Virgin Atlantic to refurbish aircraft in 2012


It’s just been announced that Virgin 747s are to receive a £50m facelift.

Long-haul destination passengers to the Caribbean and Las Vegas will soon benefit from a number of in-flight and cabin improvements.

Virgin Atlantic is to invest more than £50m in a much-needed refurbishment of its fleet of leisure aircraft next year. As the first step in the airline’s recently announced £100m product investment, it will completely overhaul the interiors of its 747-400s operating out of Gatwick and Manchester.

Beginning next May, it will be installing new seats in Premium Economy and Economy Class, plus adding a cutting-edge entertainment system offering 300 hours of content, including video-on-demand for the first time and touch-screen handsets.

By October 2012, premium economy passengers flying out of Gatwick and Manchester to destinations including the Caribbean Islands and Las Vegas will enjoy increased comfort by the introduction of leather ergonomic seats with an increased pitch of 38-inches, lumbar support and an adjustable headrest with wings.

Passengers will also be able to make telephone calls and send messages from their own mobile phones for the first time.

This will be the first major refurbishment of the 10-year-old 747s which operate Virgin’s holiday routes from Gatwick and Manchester and large numbers of holidaymakers are expected to take advantage of these improvements by making their holiday flight bookings well in advance.

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