Virgin Cabin Refurbishment

BRITISH CARRIER Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will invest more than £100 million (US$1.57m) into refurbishing its London/Gatwick- and Manchester-based fleet of Boeing 747-400s.  The programme is expected to run between May and October 2012, and aircraft are expected to be installed with a new, touch screen Panasonic IFE system named ‘JAM’, the ‘eXphone’ system, which allows passengers to make use of their mobile phones on board for voice, text and email services, and new seating in the Economy and Premium Economy cabins.
“Last year Virgin Atlantic flew three quarters of a million passengers from Gatwick, and we are very proud to be able to offer what we think will be the best leisure fleet operating out of this airport.  We are increasing capacity to the Caribbean this winter, with extra flights to Cuba, Tobago and Grenada taking the total number of flights to this region to 24 a week,” commented Virgin Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths.  “We continue to offer passengers the best experience and we are sure that they will enjoy our newly fitted aircraft.  We are looking forward to seeing how customers like our new touch screen entertainment system.”  (Photo Virgin Atlantic)