Are these Virgin Australia’s new A330 business class seats?

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Half-way through a promotional video interview with Virgin Australia creative director and livery designer Hans Hulsbosch, the film crew turn their cameras to computer screens depicting the uniform manual, livery design, lounge layout, and a set of business class seats.

But the business class seats shown–screen captured above from the video’s 1:28 mark–are not seats installed on any Virgin Australia group aircraft.

A Virgin Australia spokesman did not respond to queries seeking comment.

Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti confirmed the next two A330s–which will be fresh from the Airbus line–will have an upgraded business class seat and the current two A330s in service will have new business class seats retrofitted.

“When they first come in we will take the two existing ones out for about a month, upgrade the product . . . and bring them back on,” the Australian quotes Borghetti.

No announcement about the new seat’s specifics has been made. It is not immediately what the exact model of the seats shown in the clip is, but they appear not to be full lie-flat seats, which Qantas are eagerly deploying on Perth services in competition to Virgin Australia. A lack of lie-flat seats would also be detrimental for when Virgin deploys its A330s to Asia, such as on the Brisbane-Singapore-Abu Dhabi route from next February.

Here is the video interview with Hulsbosch:


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