October 30 2014  |  Inflight Entertainment

Virgin Atlantic unveils new 787-9 interior

By Melissa Silva

When Virgin Atlantic Airways took delivery of their new Boeing 787-9 in October, Upper Class passengers boarding the new 787-9 were presented with an interior that rivalled a luxury hotel lobby rather than a passenger aircraft, thanks to the team at Altitude, who are behind the newly unveiled interior.

Virgin Atlantic's new 787-9 interior features a unique bar unit and a bespoke LED lighting system

After Virgin Atlantic firmed up their aircraft order, Altitude won the bid to design and manufacture business class monuments for the sixteen 787-9s. The monuments included a unique bar unit, bar stools, ceiling feature, stowages and closets, bespoke lighting features and textured panels not typically seen on a commercial aircraft. Design house Viewport Studio’s Gareth Southall worked on the interior concepts for Virgin Atlantic.

“Virgin Atlantic set an incredible challenge for Altitude on this program: we wanted the best bar in the sky, sporting a bespoke LED lighting system — and we wanted it done in less than 18 months!  It would be an understatement to say that Altitude delivered; they exceeded our expectations in every aspect of the project,” said Ian Bannister, Virgin’s 787 Technical Project Manager.

“We saw many synergies between the design philosophy at Altitude and Virgin Atlantic’s vision for their aircraft, so it was particularly exciting for our team to work on this program,” added Baden Smith, Head of Airline Business at Altitude.

“Virgin Atlantic’s 787-9s will provide an enhanced travel experience for passengers.The team at Altitude congratulate Virgin Atlantic on their vision for this aircraft interior which will set a new industry standard” Smith concluded.

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