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Virgin Blue's New Premium Economy Class now On Sale

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Virgin Blue's new top end Premium Economy product is now on sale and is to be comprehensively launched across the airline's Australian domestic network for travel from 15 March 2008 with Sydney-Canberra as the first route of the day.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey said, One of the major benefits of Premium Economy, particularly for the business traveller, is that it provides a streamlined and hassle-free way to travel. Not only do they get Priority Check-in and all the other additional benefits such as more personal space, Premium seating is at the front of the aircraft which means they can make a quick exit when they land to get on with the rest of their day.

The first three rows of the airlines Boeing aircraft will be fitted with red leather Recaro seats and both the airline's Boeing and Embraer aircraft will offer the new Premium Economy product.

Over the past three months, the Boeing aircraft have been fitted with the Recaro seating with 70% of the fleet currently fitted and the entire fleet to be fitted in time for launch on March 15.

Virgin Blue's Premium Economy is now on sale across its entire network and is competitively priced to reflect the range of product inclusions on a route by route basis. As a sample:

Sydney-Melbourne Premium Economy fare A$389* one way on the internet
Canberra-Sydney Premium Economy fare A$269* one way on the internet
Brisbane-Sydney Premium Economy fare A$399* one way on the internet
Melbourne-Brisbane Premium Economy fare A$599* one way on the internet
Adelaide-Sydney Premium Economy fare A$499* one way on the internet

The Premium Economy seats can be smoothly and quickly converted to offer a maximum of 12 premier seats or Virgin Blues standard 3 x 3 seat configuration on the Boeing jets.

Premium Economy will offer:

2 x 2 seating compared to the current 3 x 3 seating on all Boeing aircraft
Comfortable leather seating with additional leg room through an increased seat pitch of at least 34 inches (a few have 33 inches) as well as increased seat width, translating to increased personal space and comfort. The middle seat on the Boeing is transformed into a personal cocktail table for refreshments leaving the preferred window and aisle seats available for Premium Economy passengers
Priority Check-in (or web-check in and Kiosk Check-in for those who prefer this efficient means of checking themselves in) 
Priority Boarding 
Increased checked baggage allowance of 32 kg
Complimentary access to The Lounge facilities in primary ports of Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney
Fully Flexible and fully refundable fares. 

Virgin Blues existing Blue Zone seating featuring additional leg room in the over wing emergency exits will remain, however the first row of the aircraft will become a Premium Economy seat option so will no longer be available as Blue Zone.

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