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Virgin Atlantic adds More Premium Economy Seats

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Virgin Atlantic is fitting out its entire Heathrow fleet with its new Premium Economy seat. With its Airbus aircraft already fitted, the 747 fleet at Heathrow will offer the new seat onboard by Christmas, allowing more passengers to benefit from the wide leather seats and enhanced onboard service which includes many dedicated services.

Premium Economy, which Virgin Atlantic launched in 1992, saw an increase of 56% of passengers flying in the cabin from 2000 to 2005 and the market has continued to show strong growth in the past eighteen months. Following the 12m revamp Virgin Atlantic has flown around 950,000 Premium Economy passengers which is an increase of 20% in the last 10 months alone.

The 747 aircraft will have 62 Premium Economy seats onboard compared with 32 currently a 10% increase in the number of premium economy seats available across Virgin Atlantics network worldwide.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive for Virgin Atlantic, said, Having completed the refit across the Airbus fleet, we are delighted that this product exceeded our expectations and has resulted in a 20% growth in our Premium Economy passengers. This is a clear indication that we are streets ahead of our competitors and in order to seize further market share from our competitors we have decided to increase our capacity in Premium Economy on our Heathrow 747 aircraft.

Year on year we continue to push the boundaries for innovation and passenger satisfaction, and with this extra capacity, we are confident that the award-winning Premium economy service will remain the market leader in offering passengers more than any other airline.

The Premium Economy cabin combines a 38 seat pitch with a width of 21 leather seat which features enhanced ergonomics for improved comfort. It also features a dual position footrest, lumbar support, adjustable headrest with wings, and a redesigned tray table. All seats provide passengers with lap top power.

Virgin Atlantics Premium Economy passengers benefit from many dedicated services when they travel on Premium Economy which include a dedicated check in and cabin crew, a separate cabin, priority boarding and luggage along with a separate meal service and amenity kit.

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