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Virgin Australia unveils refreshed cabins and seats

Virgin Australia is today celebrating the arrival of a brand new Boeing 737-8 aircraft, an important milestone in its fleet renewal program.

The plane is one of 33 fuel-efficient Boeing 737-8 and 737-10 aircraft Virgin Australia has on order, with more set to be delivered in the coming months.

With the arrival of the new jet, Virgin Australia has also revealed the design of its refreshed business and economy cabins, which will feature on the new aircraft and will be retrofitted on the existing fleet as part of a $110 million investment.

Highlights include:

  • in-seat power for all business and economy seats
  • larger overhead lockers, with 50% more capacity
  • wider business class seats, which also feature leg rests with extendable footrests, storage compartments, tablet/device holders and water bottle holders
  • a new economy seat design, featuring a ribbed backing to elevate comfort and ergonomics
  • a personal tablet/device holder for all economy seats.
New Virgin 737 Economy Seat
New Virgin 737 Business Class Seat

Work to refresh the existing fleet will begin later this year and is expected to last around two years.

The airline also plans to install a new divider between the business and economy cabins (in fact, it’s not visible at all in the images supplied today) and remove one row of Economy X seats to make way for additional regular economy seats.

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