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CommentsEvery seat on this Airbus A340-300 is equipped with Arcadia or the Odyssey In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system and a personal screen. Unfortunately, these are older tape-based systems, and not AVOD (Audio Video On Demand).
Note that the smaller second UpperClass cabin is designated as the snooze zone, with no in-flight meal service to allow for maximum sleep time. However, since the Premium Economy section is just behind, and the galley is just ahead, this snooze zone cabin gets a lot of flight attendant traffic as they past through in order to service the Premium Economy cabin.
While the in-flight beauty spa treatment is a thing of the past, there is still a full-service bar at the rear of the UpperClass section. Most passengers try to avoid selecting a seat near the bar to avoid the noise and traffic similar to land-based bars.
Virgin's pioneering lie-flat bed is still amongst the best Business Class seats in the world, featuring a bed that folds fully flat, and every seat has direct aisle access without climbing over any one. This seat is also unique that it has two surfaces, a softer and contoured side for comfort when used as a chair, and a firmer reverse side providing better support for sleeping. Most passengers like the comfortable bed with only one seam. but often complain about the limited recline when in seat mode. The cabin crew will flip the chair forward into a bed, and provide duvet and pajamas for the UpperClass passengers. The design of the seats means that you must get up in order to change between seat and bed mode, and also caused them to be at about 45-50 degress away from the direction of travel, which some passengers needed time to get use to. There is really no good seating arrangement for passengers traveling together.
Note that there is really no good seating arrangement for passengers traveling together in Upper Class. Consecutive rows are separated by high partitions between rows, and suites across the aisle are too far apart for quiet conversation.
The design and layout of the cabin means that there is significantly less traffic on the right aisle.
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