Thompson Aero Seating has revealed that a highly customised version of the company’s VantageXL First fully flat-bed seat has entered into revenue service with Virgin Atlantic.
The innovative configuration of the VantageXL seating range allows the option for a seamless two-class cabin at all-business-class density, effectively providing airlines with first class ‘for free’. Virgin Atlantic has taken advantage of this, offering passengers another level of luxury within the same density as a traditional all-business-class cabin.
Virgin Atlantic has named its exclusive new front-row enhancement its luxury ‘Retreat Suite’. The carrier’s A330-900neos feature two Retreat Suites in the centre front row. These exclusive suites provide additional personal space for relaxation, fine dining, or sleeping. The fully flat beds are 78.9” and each passenger has a 27” touchscreen TV with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging. There is also an ottoman that doubles as an extra seat, enabling the passenger to dine with a friend or to increase the sleeping space.
Andy Morris, VP Commercial for Thompson Aero Seating commented: “We have taken great pride and satisfaction in working with Virgin Atlantic to create this truly exclusive option. The VantageXL offers Virgin Atlantic passengers an extremely comfortable and enjoyable flight. The bonus of the VantageXL First suites – the Retreat Suite – is an added element of indulgence, and an extra draw for customers, with no additional LOPA demands. It really is a win-win for passengers and airlines alike.”
Henry Buckley, Design Manager at Virgin Atlantic said: “In true Virgin Atlantic style, we have elevated the functionality, styling and features within our latest Upper-Class cabin, as we strive to develop innovative products and services that create memorable experiences for our customers. The VantageXL suite is a fantastic product, and our enhanced front-row offering, known as the Retreat Suite, is a particularly exciting addition to the cabin.
“It’s our most spacious suite yet. These two exclusive seats, with lots of extra space, storage and bigger screens, give our customers the opportunity to connect with each other in-flight, and engage with shared experiences for up to four people to enjoy. We are thrilled that our newest product is now in service and we hope that our customers are as delighted with it as we are.”