The first of Virgin Australia’s revamped Boeing 777 aircraft is now zipping between Sydney and Los Angeles, bringing along a revitalised premium economy class in addition to all-new business class suites at the pointy end.
Now marketed simply as 'Premium' class, guests can stretch out in one of 24 seats – spanning three cosy rows in a 2-4-2 layout – that measure up at 19.5 inches (49.5cm) wide, boasting a nine-inch (22.8cm) recline…
… and 41 inches (104cm) of space from headrest to headrest, known as ‘pitch’.
As a guide, if you’ve flown in business class on Virgin Australia’s domestic or trans-Tasman Boeing 737 aircraft – which come with 38 inches of pitch – picture that, but with an additional three inches of legroom.
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Meals here also come with a touch of business class, served on crockery with matching wines from the business class cellar or your choice of Nespresso coffee, Madame Flavour Tea or even cocktails.
As you’d expect, each guest can also enjoy movies via their own personal entertainment screen, measuring at 10.6 inches with a new interface to match business class…
… which folds up from within the armrests in the first row – and folds away for extra space…
… or resides in the seatback ahead of you, with AC and USB power outlets nearby to keep your laptop, tablet and smartphone powered up.
Also taking flight is a new ‘Economy Space +’ service on Virgin Australia’s refitted Boeing 777s to offer much more than just extra legroom, but with a price tag just a little more than standard economy.
For between $135 and $165 on flights to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi (when resumed), you’ll also get priority check-in and boarding on the ground, followed by a ‘preferred’ overhead locker, noise-cancelling headphones and your first meal choice, guaranteed.
All five of the airline’s Boeing 777s are on-track to be refitted by the third quarter of 2016, from which time the new premium economy, ‘Economy Space +’ service and ‘The Business’ suites will appear on all VA flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles and from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.
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