Virgin Australia has unveiled Economy X, a new product designed to provide an enhanced travelling experience across carrier’s network.
The airlines’s fleet of 75 Boeing 737 aircraft is being reconfigured to provide extra legroom in the first three rows of the economy cabin. The majority of the reconfiguration is due to be finished by the end of May. The reconfiguration of Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737s means that nearly 20 per cent of economy seats on these aircraft offer extra legroom.
Group executive Virgin Australia Airlines John Thomas said: “We know that speed on the ground and space in the air are important to our guests, which is why we’re excited to launch Economy X. Economy X will empower passengers to tailor their travel experience and will give them more choice when they fly.”
For domestic flights operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, Economy X will be located in Rows 3-5 as well as the exit rows and features:
- A minimum of 3 inches (7.62cm) extra legroom
- Preferred overhead locker space
- Priority boarding
- Priority security screening
Economy X replaces Economy Space+ on short haul international flights and will include the above features, as well as Priority Check-in where available.
On long haul international flights, Economy X also replaces Economy Space+ and offers:
- Premium check-in
- Premium boarding
- Designated overhead locker space
- Guaranteed first meal choice
- Premium noise-cancelling headset
Economy X is free of charge for Velocity Frequent Flyer Platinum members, who will be offered the product at the time of booking or where available at any time before check-in when flying on the domestic or short haul international network, and their companions travelling on the same booking will also be eligible.
Economy X goes on sale on 31 March 2017 and can be purchased when selecting a seat during the booking process, at check-in and at any time through Manage Your Booking.