Incredible time-lapse footage has shown a Virgin Atlantic A330-200 being given an eye-catching makeover both on the inside and out.
Four of the Airbus aircraft were introduced to Virgin Atlantic’s fleet in March after the airline acquired them from the now defunct Air Berlin.
And one of the planes has now been given a brand new look with all three cabins – upper class, premium economy and economy – being refreshed.
The time-lapse footage released by Virgin Atlantic shows one of their A330-200 aircraft getting a brand new interior in China
Four of the Airbus aircraft were introduced to Virgin Atlantic’s fleet in March after the airline acquired them from the now defunct Air Berlin. Pictured are workers fitting economy seats
Three brand new cabins – economy, premium and upper, Virgin’s version of business class – were all upgraded. Pictured is the stripped down upper class cabin
In this cabin, upper class the seats had to be fitted and arranged carefully into four different suites – the love suite, corner suite and freedom suite
As well as the interiors being transformed, the aircraft was also given a brand new paint job at a hangar in Manchester
The footage shows the aircraft, called Daydream Believer, receiving a brand new paint job with the wings and tail being painted in the signature Virgin red in a hangar in Manchester.
The empty shell of the plane was then flown to China, where the video shows workers bringing in the seats and other cabin furniture for fitting.
The clip ends with a sweeping shot through all three cabins showing off the finished interior.
Virgin Atlantic also released pictures of workers at Stelia Aerospace in France painstakingly designing and creating the seats before they were fitted.
The A330-200 aircraft were brought into Virgin Atlantic’s fleet to replace several of its Dreamliner aircraft, which have had issues with their Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. There is currently a global shortage of these power units.
The video also shows what the cabins looked like on board the aircraft when finished. Pictured is the upper class cabin
An infographic showing the layout of the upper class cabin on board Virgin’s A330-200 fleet, which joined the airline earlier this year
However, the issue Virgin Atlantic faced with its newly acquired planes earlier this year was that they were obviously decked out with Air Berlin cabin designs and not Virgin Atlantic’s signature style.
This meant the aircraft need to be retrofitted with new Virgin Atlantic interiors that are unique to these four planes.
The most striking differences is in business class, which Virgin Atlantic calls ‘upper class’.
Exclusive to the A330-200s, all upper class suites will feature direct aisle access and enhanced surface area for additional personal space.
And the seat fabric will be entirely upholstered with natural and soft Espresso leather, which Virgin Atlantic says underlines its flair.
In the premium cabin, there are 35 seats offering Virgin Atlantic’s standard 38-inch seat pitch. Passengers in this cabin will receive a bespoke food and drink menu
In the economy cabin, changes include seats featuring classic red and beige tones and brand new leather headrests
Meanwhile, there are several unique aspects to the A330-200 upper class cabin that remain in the new design.
These include the seats that convert to a bed at the touch of a button – in other Virgin Atlantic cabins you need to flip the seat manually – and the three ‘suites’.
The love suite, which is designed with couples and small groups of travellers in mind. It’s in the middle of the cabin and according to the carrier is ideal for dining, watching movies or catching up on work in-flight with a travel companion.
The solo corner suite promises ‘a little privacy with a great view’ for passengers travelling alone.
While the freedom solo suite is billed as the ideal accommodation for a single traveller who wishes to ‘unwind and stretch out’ while having easy aisle access.
The economy cabin changes include seats featuring classic red and beige tones and brand new leather headrests.
New pictures have also shown workers at Stelia Aerospace in France, designing the bespoke seats for the upper class cabin
The seats in the upper class cabib convert to a bed at the touch of a button – in other Virgin Atlantic cabins you need to flip the seat manually. Pictured is one of the seats being made
While in the premium cabin, there will be 35 seats offering Virgin Atlantic’s standard 38-inch seat pitch and a bespoke food and drink menu.
Each cabin will also be decked out with black cherry curtains and carpets, along with refreshed bathrooms and ‘stylish mood lighting and wall finishes’.
Standard for Virgin Atlantic, all flights will offer high speed WiFi, power in every seat and the latest onboard entertainment.
Daniel Kerzner, vice president of customer experience at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘I’m thrilled to see the first of our fully refurbished A330-200s arrive into our fleet and looking amazing.
‘Initial response from our customers and our people has been fantastic. These planes were introduced to protect our flying programme with a commitment to bring them up to our high standards with our unique Virgin Atlantic flair.
One of the four A330-200 aircraft Virgin has acquired from the now defunct Air Berlin. They fly out of Manchester and London Gatwick to destinations including the US and Caribbean
‘The speed at which we’ve been able to totally transform these aircraft is phenomenal, and is a true testament to our people and our passion to deliver a wow experience to our customers.’
Virgin Atlantic told MailOnline Travel earlier this year that this cabin upgrade might be used on other aircraft in the future depending on customer feedback.
The other three aircraft have already been christened Strawberry Fields, Honky Tonk Woman and Scarlett O’Hara.
The remaining three A330-200 refits are all expected to be completed by January 2019 and the aircraft will operate on Caribbean services from Gatwick Airport, along with a number of US flights from Manchester.