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Virgin Australia has recently launched a new business class product on its B777-300ER aircraft. This new product is available on the airline’s flights from Australia to Los Angeles, with Abu Dhabi to follow soon.

Review Of Virgin Australia’s Business Class
In this review of business class on the B777-300ER, I look at the cabin layout, business class offering and at why this is an appealing product.

The new Virgin Australia business class cabin will feature just 37 reverse herringbone seats, arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, so every passenger will have direct aisle access. Each seat reclines into an 80 inch fully lie-flat bed with a number of adjustable positions.

Seat features include a side desk area for your laptop and other devices, and an 18-inch HD in-flight entertainment screen. Bedding of triple-layer seat cushions, memory foam mattress toppers and high-grade cotton pillows is available on request.

A unique cocktail and canapé service with Bellini, Kir Royal or Mimosas is served prior to the Luke Mangan-designed meal. There is also an onboard bar and lounge area, which is opened after the first meal service. This area, manned by the cabin crew, offers a selection of snacks and drinks. If you want, you can choose to have a continental breakfast at the bar prior to the full breakfast service.

This business class product also offers a REN amenity kit.

What Is The Best Business Class Seat?
The best business class seats on the Virgin Australia B777-300ER depend on whether you are travelling as a couple or alone. Centre seats include a retractable privacy screen that can be opened or closed so that you can be close to your travelling partner if you choose. This is a huge advantage for couples. As a single traveller I would always choose a window seat so that I can look outside and also have a larger personal space. Virgin Australia are however very right in suggesting their business class product is very good. Very few business offerings are designed in a 1-2-1 so there really isn’t a bad seat in Virgin Australia’s business class.

Virgin Australia Group chief executive John Borghetti believes that this is the “best business class on the Pacific”. Because of the intimate cabin size and 1-2-1 seating arrangement, I would find it hard to disagree.

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