Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737s are the mainstay of the airline’s domestic, trans-Tasman and Asia Pacific fleet, offering eight business class seats spread across two rows at the front of the aircraft.
Appearing on flights as short as the hour-long hop between Melbourne and Canberra, you’ll also find them jetting cross-country between Sydney-Perth plus across the pond to New Zealand, over to Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu and up to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
It’s those longer flights where choosing the best seat delivers the most benefit, but even on briefer journeys like Sydney-Melbourne, there’s reason enough to choose some seats over others.
Virgin Australia Boeing 737: best business class seats
Virgin Australia’s seating layout is quite straightforward: the ‘A’ and ‘F’ seats are by the windows while the ‘C’ and ‘D seats are at the aisle:
Which one you should pick, however, can vary based on the length of your flight and how you plan to spend the journey.
1A/1C, on shorter flights and for dining: Cabin crew normally take meal preferences from passengers based on the order in which they’re seated (1A, 1C, 1D, 1F, 2A etc.) and also deliver meals in that same order.
On a one-hour flight, choosing 1A or 1C provides the most time to enjoy your food as you’re the first to be fed – and on voyages of all lengths means your first meal choice is near-guaranteed.
Row 1, for laptop work: Another advantage to row one is that there’s nobody in front to recline into your space, so there’s plenty of room to type away and remain productive.
Bags and large laptops need to be stored overhead during take-off and landing in these seats, but tablets and smaller devices such as the Microsoft Surface can be used and held throughout the flight, provided external keyboards aren’t attached during take-off and landing.
Row 2, to stretch out and relax: Separating the rear of business class with the front of economy is a mini bulkhead wall – meaning you can recline all the way back without fear of being ‘in the way’ and having your seat bumped as passengers behind access the aisle.
There’s also more space to stretch your feet forward in this row than there is in row one, with no bulkhead wall to get in your way:
Failing that, window or aisle? We naturally prefer aisle seats on longer flights or when needing easy access to the overhead lockers during the trip, but on shorter journeys where remaining seated isn’t a problem, views from the window seats are always pleasant.
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