The UK based Virgin Atlantic taking delivery of four Airbus A330-200s instead of Boeing 787s. The decision was made to go with Airbus due to prolonging shortages of RR Trent 1000 engines that power the Dreamliner.
Last week Boeing’s chief engineer for 787 programme, Bob Whittington said “all of the Rolls-Royce operators across the fleet have seen some of the wear-out issues in the Rolls-Royce engine,”
The Virgin Airlines is leasing the A330s from defunct carrier Air Berlin, and configuring the interior to a new seating layout, called love, freedom and corner solo suites.
The Virgin Atlantic says one of the A330s named “Daydream Believer” has arrived at London Gatwick where it will undergo finishing touches to its newly painted livery and enter service in March this year. Another two named ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ and ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ will be arriving in few weeks and the fourth named ‘Strawberry Fields’ will join the fleet in spring 2018.
According to Virgin, the 287-seater aircraft feature 19 fully flat beds in business class, 46 extra leg room economy seats, and 222 economy seats. The cabin will confirqured as Vigin’s the ‘Love Suite’, the ‘Freedom Solo Suite’, and the ‘Corner Solo Suite’ instead of its common economy, premium economy and Upper Class seating.
The cabin configuration, the Love Suite is “ideal for couples or groups travelling and looking to dine and watch movies together”, the Solo Freedom Suite “lets passengers stretch out with direct aisle access”, and the Solo Corner Suite “Provides extra privacy and a great view”