I failed installing manjaro i3 minimal edition on a KVM/QEMU virtual guest due to not having a super key (I assume it is the one with the windows logo) on my keyboard. Switching to tty1-6 to edit i3 config did not work, by sending key combinations to the live guest either. Please consider using a more universal mod key for installation media.
Did you try Right-Alt plus F2 to get to tty2?
Thank you for your reply. I am using virt-manager to install the VM, which gives limited options to send to the guest OS (see attached image). Specifically, there is no Alt-F2 option, let alone Right or Left Alt.