Posted Wednesday, 15 August 2012 at 06:45
Virgin Atlantic has announced it will be investing more than £50 million into a refurbishment of its Gatwick fleet of aircraft next year reaffirming the fleet as amongst the best leisure aircraft in the worldwide market.
The first major step in the airline’s recently announced £100 million product investment will see a complete interior retrofit of each of Virgin Atlantic's 747-400 aircraft operating out of Gatwick and Manchester. The retrofit process will begin in May 2012 and will see a rigorous schedule that aims to be completed by October 2012.
Passengers travelling to destinations including Orlando, the Caribbean and Las Vegas will soon enjoy new seats in Premium Economy and Economy, cutting edge IFE technology and a fresh vibrant feel throughout all cabins.
The Premium Economy cabin which has grown in popularity will now feature a 38" pitch leather seat offering enhanced ergonomics for improved comfort. It also features a dual position footrest, lumbar support and an adjustable headrest with wings.
The newly fitted aircraft will also feature Virgin Atlantic's revolutionary new IFE system, named JAM by Panasonic in all cabins. The new cutting edge system offers over 300 hours of content and is the easiest and most intuitive touch screen system in the air. It offers the first touch screen handset, which allows passengers to multi-task, for example follow the moving map on the handset and watch a movie on the main screen at the same time. The aircraft will also be fitted with the 'eXphone' system which will allow passengers to make use of their mobile phones on board for voice, text and email services.
Steve Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer, commented:
"Last year Virgin Atlantic flew three quarters of a million passengers from Gatwick and we are very proud to be able to offer what we think will be the best leisure fleet operating out of this airport. We are increasing capacity to the Caribbean this winter, with extra flights to Cuba, Tobago and Grenada taking the total number of flights to this region to 24 a week.
"Virgin Atlantic continues to offer passengers the best experience and we are sure that our passengers travelling from Gatwick will enjoy our newly fitted aircraft. We are looking forward to seeing how customers like our new touch screen entertainment system."
These newly fitted Boeing 747-400 aircraft will join our brand new Airbus A330 aircraft that operate from both Gatwick and Manchester.