Airline enthusiasts and frequent travellers have a list of aircraft essential accessories to take onboard their flight plus a long list of things to do to possibly get an upgrade for greater comfort and a more enjoyable time at higher altitudes. These are great tips but are ultimately a gamble. For peace of mind consider Virgin Australia’s Premium or Economy X seats. For a small investment your enhanced flying experience can be confirmed and guaranteed prior to departure and is sure to help bridge the gap between Economy and that aspirational First Class.
In Virgin’s Premium Economy (now rebranded as ‘Premium’), passengers are spoiled with 15 cm more legroom than economy guests, stylish amenity kits with Grown cosmetics and a stand-up bar serving premium beer, wine and liqueurs.
Premium delivers a flying experience that has a hint of business class. In fact it is much closer to business class than regular economy. And then there is that “businessey” 2-4-2 seating layout, where Premium passengers are never more than one seat from an aisle.
Standard for this part of the cabin also are the noise-cancelling headphones – so guests can pop these on and recline back in comfort in their Premium seat measuring 49.5cm wide and reclining 23cm.
Premium Economy fares also provide other bonuses such as an increased baggage allowance, priority check-in and access to a selection of lounges in Australia and New Zealand for short-haul travellers.
Virgin Australia launched Economy X earlier in 2017, which is a new product designed to provide more comfort and an enhanced travelling experience across Virgin Australia’s entire network.
Seasoned flyers will tell you that it is all about the legroom for truly comfortable travel and this is Economy X’s key delivery. Economy X is located at the front of the Economy Cabin and/or over the over wing exit rows. It has been designed to provide guests with extra legroom for more comfort and an enhanced travelling experience.
Other Economy X bonuses include priority security screening, priority boarding and dedicated space in the overhead lockers.
On longer journeys to Los Angeles, these flyers also enjoy priority check-in, are guaranteed their first meal choice from the menu and are provided with noise-cancelling headphones to use with the inflight entertainment system.
The creation of the Economy X area of Virgin’s aircraft is even better news for Platinum Velocity members who can reserve Economy X seats on Domestic and International Short Haul flights free of charge. These seats can be reserved (where available) at the time of booking with your Escape Travel agent, via Manage Your Booking on the Virgin Australia website, by calling the Guest Contact Centre or Membership Contact Centre, at the check-in counter, in a Virgin Australia Lounge or at the boarding gate.
Economy X is available for all Virgin Australia guests and Velocity members. Economy X seats are only available on Virgin Australia operated flights and are not available for purchase for codeshare and interline customers.
So for a not too hefty cost as compared to Business or First Class prices, for either the Premium or Economy X seats, you can take a peak and sample of what it is like, literally, behind the curtain that separates us mere mortal Economy travellers from those at the pointy end of the plane – here is your chance to get that little closer.
Virgin Australia flights are now on sale. For information on the latest deals and to book, visit your local Escape Travel store or call 1300 273 482.