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Virgin Atlantic expects to begin flying its new Airbus A330neo aircraft between London Heathrow and Boston beginning in October, with Bluetooth connectivity in all cabins and the carrier’s “fastest ever” Wi-Fi, the airline announced Tuesday. 

The aircraft will include a newly designed Upper Class cabin, with two Retreat Suites at the front with a fully 6-foot-7-inch flat bed, a 27-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging, an ottoman that doubles as an extra seat, and the ability for up to four people to “dine, chat or play games in their own private social space,” according to the carrier.

In addition, the A330neo will include 30 new Upper Class suites, which come with a fully closing door and do-not-disturb feature, more space and storage than the previous Upper Class suite, a 17.3-inch touchscreen TV and mood lighting. 

As with Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A350 aircraft, the A330neo will include its social space The Loft, with space for eight people and a self-service refrigerator and drinks dispenser.

The aircraft’s Premium cabin will have 46 seats with a 38-inch pitch, and passengers also will have an in-seat wireless charging pad, calf rests, and a 13.3-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth audio. The updated Economy cabin will have additional storage and AC power and USB ports. The cabin will be composed of 28 Economy Delight seats with 34-inch pitch, and 156 Economy Classic seats with 31-inch pitch.

Tickets for the London-Boston flights on the A330neo are to go on sale later in July. Virgin Atlantic also expects to take delivery of three A330neo aircraft from September 2022, with up to 13 more to be delivered between 2023 and 2026. The A330-900neos are designed to be 11 percent more fuel- and carbon-efficient than the A330-300 aircraft they are replacing, according to the carrier. 

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