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Tuesday 17 May 2016

Virgin introduces new comforts for economy passengers

Like most people, I don't have the cash to fly business class on a regular basis. Occasionally I might use points to upgrade, or, even more occasionally, get moved forward because of my frequent flyer status. 

Most of the time, however, it is the back of the bus and that's why I was delighted by the news that Virgin Australia has announced a new product, Economy Space +, which is designed to make economy travel from Australia to the United States and Middle East more comfortable and seamless.
On sale from today, Economy Space + will be available for flights commencing August 30 and will cost from between $135 and $165 one way when selecting your seat online or through a travel agent.

Located in a dedicated cabin of five rows directly behind premium economy and the exit rows of the main cabin on Virgin Australia's Boeing 777-300ER fleet, Economy Space + will feature extra leg room, check-in at a premium counter (no long queues) and pre-boarding, a dedicated overhead locker and crew members throughout the flight; guaranteed first meal choice and premium noise-cancelling headsets.

It's the extra leg room that seals the deal for me. Anyone familiar with long-haul travel will be aware of how precious a couple of extra inches can be. 

Virgin Australia chief customer officer Mark Hassell said: “We are excited to be providing more choice and comfort for passengers travelling in the main cabin.
“Coupled with Virgin Australia's award-winning service, we believe Economy Space + will be very popular with a range of travellers.
“Economy Space + enables you to speed through the airport and enjoy service from dedicated crew members throughout the flight, providing great value for guests travelling to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.” 

The announcements coincided with the unveiling of a raft of other improvements to business and premium cabins on the same routes.

Virgin Australia flies daily from Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles, and three times per week from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. 

1 comment:

  1. I will NEVER again fly Virgin from Los Angeles to Brisbane, or anywhere else overseas. It was by far the worst service, worst seating, worst food I have ever had on international travel.