EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia will offer 'Grab & Go' meals at its Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane lounges, allowing passengers to quickly bundle up a light breakfast or brunch to bring on board their flight.
The concept will be introduced today, Wednesday December 6, and run through to March 2018 as a three-month trial of the concept.
However, the airline says this will not result in changes to either the regular lounge menu nor inflight meals.
From when the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane lounges open until 10.30am, travellers will be able to grab a take-away espresso coffee and a breakfast item such as a muffin, pastry or a piece of fruit, from a 'Grab & Go' station, stow them into a small carry bag and head to their flight.
If you'd rather a travel-friendly toastie, there'll also be a toasted sandwich station with grease-proof paper bags to take away.
Virgin predicts the concept will be particularly convenient for business travellers who don't have much time to spend in the lounge before their flight.
"We know that sometimes our guests are in a hurry in the morning and don’t have time to spend in the lounge before their flight," says Virgin Australia's General Manager for Inflight Experience, Tash Tobias. "So we’ve come up with a way that guests can have their coffee and favourite breakfast items from the lounge, and still make their flight."
Other options discussed, and potentially still to be rolled out by Virgin, included more substantial 'complimentary snacks' for economy class passengers and the introduction of buying meals and snacks from kiosks at the departure gate, in partnership with airport retail outlets such as Sumo Salad.