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Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:49 am

Seems I missed something!

A friend on facebook who's a Virgin Australia FA has a photo of the inside of an older 737 with the new seats - how many aircraft have been updated?
 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:15 am

About 6 of the existing fleet. All new arrivals from Boeing have them also. Upgrade work is being done in CHC at the rate of 2 a week roughly.

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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:37 am

Quoting NZ1 (Reply 1):
rate of 2 a week roughly.

Wow that's quick! I'd have thought it would take longer than that to totally refit a 737?
 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:36 am

I guess all they have to do is move the old seats out and put the new ones and J class in.

Are they installing a bulkhead at L1 in the same fashion as the newly delivered 73Hs?
 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:42 am

How about the sky interior? Or is it just the new seats?
Does this also include new paint?

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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:00 am

Will they also need to change the galley (forward) to support the J Service?
 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:23 am

Quoting VA787 (Reply 4):
How about the sky interior? Or is it just the new seats?
Does this also include new paint?

Sky Interior cannot be retrofitted -- this is seats, paint and carpets only (and potentially bulkheads -- not sure). And can I just say that I love your username!! (hopefully some day )

Another question -- I assume that there is no IFE on these birds anymore with the installation of the new seats? They're supposed to be introducing a new system some time soon, so I'm guessing that they'll wait for that?
 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:18 am

 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:26 am

Full repaints of existing fleet not due to start till January, with the exception of 3 aircraft to be done prior Christmas.

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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:09 am

Are the configurations (number of seats) changing during the refurbishments?

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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:56 pm

Quoting bmibaby737 (Reply 9):
Are the configurations (number of seats) changing during the refurbishments?

Down to 174 on the B738 i believe.

so one row of Y goes to make way for 8 (2 rows) of business class.
 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:45 pm

What is the actual configuration? Their website indicates 8J 168Y. It seems Y has more legroom in front of the overwing exits and around 30" behind. Anyone know the row numbers for the exit rows and last row on the new/reconfigured aircraft?
 
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RE: Are Virgin Australia Refitting Their 737s?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:27 pm

Quoting joffie (Reply 7):
Interesting article here about the future plans

QF is trialing iPads on a 767 -- I think that they're a brilliant idea for shorter domestic hops.

Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 10):
Down to 174 on the B738 i believe.

so one row of Y goes to make way for 8 (2 rows) of business class.

176. The extra space for J comes from the increased legroom that existed at the front of the plane in Y+.

Quoting ditzyboy (Reply 11):
What is the actual configuration? Their website indicates 8J 168Y. It seems Y has more legroom in front of the overwing exits and around 30" behind. Anyone know the row numbers for the exit rows and last row on the new/reconfigured aircraft?

This is correct, for a total of 176. Exit rows are numbers 13 and 14, last row is number 30.