Virgin Atlantic has unveiled its new ex-airberlin leased A330-200 aircraft

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Virgin Atlantic has released footage of their new aircraft “Daydream Believer” (G-VMNK), the first of four A330-200 leased from the remnants of Air Berlin to replace some of its B787 aircraft whilst engine issues are being sorted.

From March 2018 the A330-200 will operate on the Manchester routes to New York, Boston, San Francisco and Barbados.

The seat configuration will be different to the usual Virgin Atlantic aircraft.

Upper Class will have 19 seats with three different variations: Love Suite (in the centre of the cabin and ideal for couples or groups travelling together), Solo Freedom Suite (direct aisle access) and Solo Corner Suite (extra privacy).  This is, in truth, a way of selling as a benefit the lower level of privacy that some Air Berlin seats have compared to the standard Upper Class seat.

The Economy cabin will have 46 Economy Extra Legroom seats and 222 Economy seats.  There is no Premium Economy.

The planes are fully Wi-Fi enabled with free messaging in Upper Class.

You can see the transformation of the exterior from Air Berlin to Virgin Atlantic in this rather cool video below.

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  1. OT – I currently have a PRGC and the Gold Credit Companion Card. I’m planning on a quick upgrade to platinum for the bonus before the end of my free 1st year and then cancel once I have the bonus MR points (hopefully avoiding the £450 too!).

    Can anyone tell me what happens to the credit card? Is it treated as a totally separate account?


    • The GCC remains, although I’d advise that you cancel that so you can apply for the PCC (plat companion card) that nets another 5K bonus MRs for £500.

      • Thanks Zain – do you mean cancel before applying for the Platinum?

        • You can cancel at any time but I was advised that one can’t apply for the PCC whilst holding a GCC. I assume you’ve earned the 5K bonus on the GCC already so maybe cancel that right away. Here’s the link to the PCC:

  2. OT- good news from Marriott Rewards if you don’t mind a late one…via Twitter:

    “Extra Points Sundays is back by popular demand for #SBLII ! Watch out for questions throughout the game for a chance to score up to 1,500 #RewardsPoints”.

  3. @marriottrewards 14 #rewardspoints

  4. Cuchlainn says:

    OT – Hilton Honors :
    Just got 80% free per annum offer via email – 80,000 + 64,000 bonus for $800 ( currently £567.44 on Lloyds FX + Avios ) – worth a punt or hold out for possible 100% bonus ?

    • Genghis says:

      When do you need the points? If not yet I’d wait. If specific redemption soon, run the numbers.

      • Cuchlainn says:

        Just been accepted for Hilton Plat Visa as intending to use it for July 2018 Florida trip. Intention is trigger free night certificate close to MCO , followed by a 5 for price of 4 stay around Naples / Marco Island area, I have a lovely apartment already booked in Treasure Island and then back to Orlando for 3 nights / SWMBO retail therapy…….so either rack up points by buying now in 80% offer, or pay for 5for4 on Hilton card and use in future.

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