Virgin Atlantic will be receiving the first of its new A350 long-haul aircraft in 2019.
I have long argued that the current Upper Class seat is no longer fit for purpose. Revolutionary at the time, it never caught on with other airlines apart from Air New Zealand. The trend in recent years, which I agree with, is a move towards ‘cubby hole’ seats where extra personal space is created by slotting your feet into a gap under the seat in front.
One Mile At A Time reports that Virgin Atlantic has scheduled an A350 flight to Newark for 9th September 2019. This is a test flight and is not bookable for cash. The flight comes with an accompanying seat map:
I am not an expert on how these maps are presented, but One Mile At A Time uses examples to show that this implies one of two things:
a herringbone layout – similar to what Qatar Airways has installed on its 787 and A350 fleet, see below – in what is effectively a \ /\ / format, or
forward facing seats with alternating positions, so your seat faces the storage area of the seat in front, and vice versa, ie the SWISS seat shown below
Hopefully we can get an early opportunity to see the real thing early next year.
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