Virgin Australia begins flying new business class on Embraer E-190 jets

By John Walton, November 5 2012
Virgin Australia begins flying new business class on Embraer E-190 jets

IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia's business class overhaul of its Embraer E-190 aircraft has moved from the workshop to the skies, with the first refitted jet making its maiden flight tonight between Brisbane and Cairns.

Virgin's new E190 business class adopts a 2-1 layout
Virgin's new E190 business class adopts a 2-1 layout

The refurb sees two wide seats to the right of the cabin and one on the left, with 38 inches of seat pitch.

This compares favourably to the previous business class config, which was closer to Virgin's old Premium Economy seating -- a regular seat with a bit of extra legroom and an empty seat next to you in the aircraft's 2-2 cabin.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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05 Jan 2012

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Looking forward to your further posts on this. Loooking forward to seeing the seats.

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15 Apr 2011

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Glad to see that they've done the right thing with the E190's - they could easily have retained the existing concept with a bit more legroom and Business Class service. I'm not convinced it will last though...

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05 Jan 2012

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What makes you think it wont last long?

It is good in the way that you have three options - window + aisle, window only, or aisle only. 

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28 May 2011

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The single seat on the right with both a window and aisle access will be a real winner for business travelers! 

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20 Mar 2012

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Does anyone know when they will be completed? I'm flying on an E-190 Business seat soon!

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23 May 2012

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They look different to the ones offered in the B737s especially the headrest. Maybe they are doing this for shorter routes.

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20 Mar 2012

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This looks great, a real win for regional travellors. Especially compared to the Dash 8's.

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06 Aug 2012

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3B may well be my new favourite when I can't get into business class!

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06 Aug 2012

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3C, I meant.....

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23 May 2012

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Finally they are flying the E190 Business Class product! The new business class product looks really good and comfortable. It matches what is being offered with the 737s really nicely. It is good to see Virgin is improving these aircraft regional aircraft. I suspect that Virgin's Embraers will compete with Qantas' Q400 and B717 aircraft. Well done Virgin!

Will the AusBT team be on that flight or flights in the near future? I really love your photo tours and reviews!

30 Jun 2011

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If you choose 3C, you feet will be flying Business for free! ;-)


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