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#965283 by DIAZLUXO
09 Jul 2022, 16:55
OCdreamin wrote:Elsewhere it’s been stated they will receive 3 this year

And a further 13 up to 2026 which hints at firmed options and 16 neos overall
#965285 by mitchja
09 Jul 2022, 18:12
Are VS using these to replace the existing A333's or are the A333's staying now?

VS's oldest A333's (G-VINE & G-VRAY) are just over 11 years old now with all the other A333's approaching the 10 year point.

I hope VS management look after the crews a bit better with these A339 A/C as well as all the A333's have never had a cabin crew rest area fitted >-(
#965286 by 747G-VXLG
09 Jul 2022, 18:35
mitchja wrote:Are VS using these to replace the existing A333's or are the A333's staying now?

VS's oldest A333's (G-VINE & G-VRAY) are just over 11 years old now with all the other A333's approaching the 10 year point.

I hope VS management look after the crews a bit better with these A339 A/C as well as all the A333's have never had a cabin crew rest area fitted >-(


I believe the A333s will start to be retired next year. I think G-VSXY will be the first one to go because she is now 11 1/2 now and KSS will probably follow.

I think we may also see two configurations for the A339s like we had for a bit with the -200s and the -300s (maybe 10 in a business configuration and 6 in a leisure configuration with less upper and more economy).
#965287 by mitchja
09 Jul 2022, 18:59
Thanks. Yes sorry, I remember now as KSS and SXY were delivered first and initially didn't have an Upper Class cabin for the first couple of years and had that huge Premium Economy cabin between doors 1 and 2. I remember flying one of these in that Premium cabin on the MAN>MCO route.
#965288 by OCdreamin
09 Jul 2022, 23:06
747G-VXLG wrote:
mitchja wrote:Are VS using these to replace the existing A333's or are the A333's staying now?

VS's oldest A333's (G-VINE & G-VRAY) are just over 11 years old now with all the other A333's approaching the 10 year point.

I hope VS management look after the crews a bit better with these A339 A/C as well as all the A333's have never had a cabin crew rest area fitted >-(


I believe the A333s will start to be retired next year. I think G-VSXY will be the first one to go because she is now 11 1/2 now and KSS will probably follow.

I think we may also see two configurations for the A339s like we had for a bit with the -200s and the -300s (maybe 10 in a business configuration and 6 in a leisure configuration with less upper and more economy).


I am certain UC in the A339s will be 1-2-1 seating, and as airlines have no problems (these days) filling J seats on many routes across the Atlantic, I expect they will have a good number of UC & Premium seats in order to maximise yields. We will have see if they complicate scheduling with 2 variants, but with a possible eventual total 7 A351s in leisure configuration, for the major holiday routes, they might not split the A339 fleet.

It will be interesting to see how it pans out. There’s also the option in due course to refit the 787s with the new UC seat…
#965307 by mikethe3rd
12 Jul 2022, 10:47
mitchja wrote:There’s an event next Tuesday (July 12) revealing the new cabins & seats on the A339’s.


The VS social channels appear to be covering this from 6:30pm BST.
#965324 by LREDI
12 Jul 2022, 19:15
Pretty much as expected and this will be the blueprint for the 789 refits too from 2023/24.

The biggest improvement - the higher seating in the loft and the mini bar that's been put in there!
#965325 by mitchja
12 Jul 2022, 19:55
VS website fleet section page updated with the new A330neo seat map.

262 seats in total (that's 2 less than the current A333's) consisting of:

2 x Retreat Upper Class suites (apparently these will be ~£200 extra each way on top of the standard Upper Class fare)
30 x Upper Class suites
46 x Premium seats
28 x Economy Delight seats & 156 x standard economy seats
#965329 by woralla
13 Jul 2022, 06:09
I was lucky enough to be at the event last night. The mock ups looked really good. The Retreat Suite is really spacious and the guest seat far more comfortable than the current A330/789 ottomans. If you are travelling as a group of 4 it would make a really good social space. Apparently these suites will be bootable from 14 days prior to departure for a surcharge of £200.
The new Loft has extra armrest/drinks tables and a fridge/freezer with soft drinks and ice creams.
Upper, the Loft, and Premium all feature wireless charging matts, and there is USB A/USB C and AC power throughout the aircraft.
I filmed quite a bit at the event, which you can find on YouTube.
#965355 by inkiboo
14 Jul 2022, 10:42
It’s basically copying the JetBlue model with their seats at the front of Mint class. Wonder if there will be an option to use miles instead of the £200?
#965361 by flyingfox
14 Jul 2022, 15:03
Update from VS Trade on the A330 Neo with a few more details;

Saying hello to a new aircraft is a big deal for us. It’s so much more than wings, engines and paint. It’s years of hard work and collaboration between so many teams. It’s inspiration and innovation. It’s research, design, and testing. It’s people who are passionate about improving every aspect of travel.

Our new A330neo is the perfect example of how we reimagine onboard experiences and lead the way with fresh ideas. We've put our heart and soul into creating something brilliantly different from the tiniest details, like the colour of the seat stitching, to bigger game changers like reducing carbon emissions by 11%.

Our award-winning social space, the Loft, is an exclusive spot for our Upper Class customers to come together. With space for eight people, and four comfy seats, your customers can sit and chat, grab a drink from the self-service fridge-freezer, connect Bluetooth headphones to the panoramic touchscreens – or just enjoy a change of scene mid-flight.

And that’s not all, The Retreat Suite in Upper Class is a beautiful new addition to Upper Class, situated at the front of the cabin, with lots of extra space, huge storage, bigger screens, and the ability to create a private onboard social space. Up to four people can comfortably dine, chat or work. Just raise the electronic divider between the seats and close the door for full privacy. It’s your customers space to travel the way they choose.

And that's not all, here's some cabin highlights at a glance:

Upper Class
17.3” touchscreen with Bluetooth audio
Up to 22” seat width
Up to 6ft7” fully flat bed
Enhanced storage, including shoe stowage and lockable in-seat stowage
Fully closing privacy door and do not disturb light
Passenger controlled mood-lighting
AC, USB-A and USB-C ports
Wireless charging

Premium Economy
18.5” seat width
38" seat pitch
Calf rest
AC and USB-A ports
Wireless charging

Economy Delight
13.3” touchscreen with Bluetooth audio
17.9” seat width
34” seat pitch
AC and USB-A ports

Economy Classic and Delight
13.3” touchscreen with Bluetooth audio
17.9” seat width
31” seat pitch
AC and USB-A ports

Watch our video here and discover more about our A330neo.

#965362 by David
14 Jul 2022, 15:16
Wonder what happens when the "guests" in the retreat suits lean back against the TV's ?
There looks to be a thin backrest but will that be enough to stop the screens getting damaged ?

Nice looking seats tho

David
#965520 by mitchja
30 Jul 2022, 09:35
VS have now loaded the A339 into the schedules from this weekend on the LHR>BOS>LHR route. VS11 / VS12 showing as an A339 from Oct 12th onwards.

The new VS129 / VS130 TPA service will launch using an A339 from Nov 3rd as well.
#965521 by Murraymint
30 Jul 2022, 11:10
mitchja wrote:VS have now loaded the A339 into the schedules from this weekend on the LHR>BOS>LHR route. VS11 / VS12 showing as an A339 from Oct 12th onwards.

The new VS129 / VS130 TPA service will launch using an A339 from Nov 3rd as well.


Aargh - I go to BOS on the 10th.
Oh well, should get it on the way back on the 20th, but wait, still showing as A333. A339 only showing until 17th - hopefully they’re still loading them.
#965524 by flyingfox
30 Jul 2022, 11:29
mitchja wrote:VS have now loaded the A339 into the schedules from this weekend on the LHR>BOS>LHR route. VS11 / VS12 showing as an A339 from Oct 12th onwards.

The new VS129 / VS130 TPA service will launch using an A339 from Nov 3rd as well.




More details and rollout routes have also been updated;


Virgin Atlantic A330-900neo rollout & routes

Boston (BOS) as of October 12, 2022
Tampa (TPA) as of November 3, 2022
New York (JFK) as of November 7, 2022
Miami (MIA) as of November 13, 2022
#965525 by 747G-VXLG
30 Jul 2022, 11:34
flyingfox wrote:
mitchja wrote:VS have now loaded the A339 into the schedules from this weekend on the LHR>BOS>LHR route. VS11 / VS12 showing as an A339 from Oct 12th onwards.

The new VS129 / VS130 TPA service will launch using an A339 from Nov 3rd as well.




More details and rollout routes have also been updated;


Virgin Atlantic A330-900neo rollout & routes

Boston (BOS) as of October 12, 2022
Tampa (TPA) as of November 3, 2022
New York (JFK) as of November 7, 2022
Miami (MIA) as of November 13, 2022


Does this mean they are now getting 4 delivered this year instead of 3?
#965526 by mitchja
30 Jul 2022, 12:12
No, as the JFK service is apparently actually only scheduled for an A339 on 1 single day (the VS9 and return VS10 on Nov 7th).
#965527 by flyingfox
30 Jul 2022, 12:30
There was a VS Trade update posted earlier in the week, in part advising of aircraft changes etc;

Operational Update - 29July 2022
As customer demand continues to return strongly, we’re making some adjustments to upcoming flying schedules to support network planning during the Winter 2022-23 season.

As a result we’re changing the aircraft type on certain flights, altering some flight times, and cancelling a small number of US flights. Our suspension of London Heathrow – Shanghai services has also been extended until March 2023 due to operational reasons exacerbated by the current UK – China direct flight ban. Due to ongoing operational complexities on our London to Hong Kong route, we have taken the careful decision to extend our pause in operations, with the intention to resume services on 26th March 2023.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes and are contacting customers this weekend with all their options. The majority of customers with cancelled US flights will be automatically booked on to an alternative service on the same day.

Bookings affected by these changes will be updated on or before Saturday 30 July 2022.
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