Getting Down Under just got over the top. Last month, Virgin Australia introduced its new international business-class cabin, which will be available within three months on all flights traveling between Australia and Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. The new configuration, part of the airline’s refit of its Boeing 777-300ERs, places a premium on convenience and space—and represents a significant upgrade over the previous cabin.
Rather than a side-by-side arrangement (which necessitated awkward climbs over sleeping neighbors), the new cabin features 37 private suites set in a reverse-herringbone layout that enables direct aisle access from every seat. The seats themselves extend to 80 inches, or the length of a queen-size bed, and are cocooned in personal spaces that include multiple storage areas and 18-inch high-definition entertainment screens.
Guests in the new business class can select from a menu designed by the Australian superchef Luke Mangan. Following dinner, the cabin’s turndown service will set up your suite with a cotton pillow and a memory-foam mattress. For passengers who still can’t sleep, a new bar and lounge area serves up small bites and cocktails. (virginaustralia.com)