When you step inside a plane you expect to see the rows of seats, overhead lockers, seat pockets and carpet aisles.
So it can be easy to forget that the plane doesn’t automatically come with these – the cabins have to be fitted into the aircraft.
Now, Virgin Atlantic has delighted aviation enthusiasts by offering a glimpse into what this process entails as it unveils a time-lapse video of its A330-200 aircraft undergoing a refurbishment.
That includes creating separate Upper, Premium and Economy classes, as part of a £10million investment from the airline.
The short video shows how engineers and designers go about laying out all the seats, starting with the leg room and life jackets before adding the seats themselves, or in the case of the Upper Class, the mini suites on offer.
The Economy cabin undergoes a complete refrsh, while the Upper Class receives brand new suites. Meanwhile, the aircraft also gets a dedicated Premium cabin with 35 seats with a 38" seat pitch and bespoke food, drink and service offering.
There’s even a sneak peek as the cabin types are separated by new black curtains, as well as the finishing touches put to the lighting and walls.
It’s not just the interiors which are being refurbished, as the plane livery can be seen getting a serious update to become the classic Virgin Atlantic design.
This is the first A330-300 to be entering the Virgin fleet since the refurbishment efforts; there are three more to undergo makeovers, expected to be completed by January 2019.
The aircraft will operate on Caribbean services from Gatwick Airport, along with a number of US flights from Manchester.
Daniel Kerzner, Vice President of Customer Experience at Virgin Atlantic, commented: "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.
"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."
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