With a suite of new technologies onboard, the Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner took to the skies above Hong Kong on July 6th. Bringing innovative design and an enhanced customer experience, the aircraft will service the London Heathrow – Hong Kong route, demonstrating the airline’s continued commitment to Asia Pacific.
The 787 is a revolutionary aircraft and new technology allows it to perform more efficiently than any other aircraft of its size. We recognize that technology is an extremely important part of a customer’s journey, whether they are flying for business or pleasure, and this aircraft has given us a fantastic opportunity to look at what we can offer our customers onboard. We have worked with our partners at Boeing and Panasonic to bring wifi connectivity across all our cabins as well as updating our revolutionary touch screen inflight entertainment.” Virgin Atlantic Head of Asia Pacific Stephen King said.
Virgin Atlantic was the first European carrier to take the larger Boeing 787-9 version of the Dreamliner. The aircraft is configured with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium Economy and 198 Economy seats.
Upper Class passengers will enjoy a new iteration of Virgin Atlantic’s iconic ‘Upper Class Suite’ which incorporates all of the popular features of this along with some new design elements. There is a refreshed Premium Economy cabin with an even more comfortable seat design and a social space where customers can stretch their legs and mingle with other passengers – the Wander Wall. Economy seats will be best-in-class a brand new design. Passengers throughout the aircraft will benefit and dynamic mood lighting which changes colour throughout the flight to help passengers relax and unwind, fall asleep and even adjust time zones.
As well as the passenger benefits, the Boeing 787-9 will bring major commercial and environmental benefits to Virgin Atlantic. Radically improved fuel efficiency means it is 21% more efficient on a per flight basis than the equivalent sized aircraft in Virgin’s fleet, allowing it to be a major driver of both the airline’s return to profitability and its commitment to improve carbon efficiency by 30% before 2020.
It also has a 60% smaller noise footprint than aircraft of a comparable size, meaning large areas around Heathrow airport will be less affected by our operations with these aircraft. The 787-9 is key in achieving the industry leading commitments Virgin Atlantic set out in its Noise Management Strategy last autumn.
Forming part of a broader investment into the customer experience, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Chek Lap Kok has been refreshed seeing the introduction of open plan banquette seating with a high definition TV and stylish armchairs.
Stephen King added “Virgin Atlantic continues to offer customers a better alternative when flying to London by focusing on what makes us different. From the new 787s to our refurbished Clubhouse, we bring a unique and differentiated flying experience”