The Secret Plane Compartments Where Pilots Nap on Long Flights
Sitting economy on a long-haul flight isn’t exactly the dream experience for most travelers. But, with knees tucked in and head perched on our neighbor in the middle seat, we somehow get through it. However, there may be a better way to spend the seemingly endless flight: all you have to do is become a crew member of Virgin Australia.
In April, the airline shared a few behind-the-scenes photos of how the crew on flights from Australia to Los Angeles get through the 15-hour journey while looking fresh as a daisy from takeoff to landing.
“It’s important for our flight and cabin crew to rest during the flight to be at their best when operating the aircraft and serving our guests. To achieve this, our crew will retire to two designated crew rest areas in shifts during the flight in order to rest for around 4 hours on a flight like Sydney to Los Angeles,” the airline explained in a blog post.
Virgin explained that there are two rest areas on board the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, located above the Business Class and Economy cabins at either end of the plane.
The rest area has eight single beds with sheets, blankets, and comfortable pillows. Before drawing the curtain, crew will hang their uniform outside their bunk to let other crew members know who is where at all times.
“For pilots who are resting, they can get some sleep in two beds above the Business Class cabin, or relax and enjoy our in-flight entertainment system,” Virgin said. “By being able to rest during the flight, our crew are always able to provide the best service in the sky.”
Yes, we love the great service, but that won’t stop us from being just a little jealous of their plush travel arrangements.