Virgin Australia will provide AC and USB sockets for economy class passengers in a trial of an innovative in-seat power system.
The test kit will be fitted in the second quarter of 2017 to one of Virgin's workhorse Boeing 737-800s, which typically fly up and down Australia's east coast as well as to Adelaide and sometimes Perth.
That trial period is likely to run for up to 12 months, during which time Virgin will study the usage patterns as well as the power consumption, the number of devices connected and customer satisfaction.
Australian Business Traveller understands that business class seats in the chosen Boeing 737 will each see one universal-style AC outlet plus a single high-power USB port capable of charging tablets and larger smartphones.
In economy there'll be a pair of AC sockets and high-power USB ports for each group of three seats, with the outlets mounted between the three seats in front of the guests for ease of access.
The trial will help Virgin "define the future of our inflight product as we evaluate enhancements and fleet updates,” according to Ben Asmar, the airline's Head of Product Development.