VIRGIN AUSTRALIA NEWS ROUNDUP

The month of April brought with it a flood of announcements for Virgin Australia. From their new Wi-Fi trials to its economy extra seating and relaunching of routes, the carrier has had an extremely busy month.

Posted On April 28, 2017 Posted By Isabella Medalle

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VIRGIN'S WI-FI TRIALS HAVE BEGUN

Virgin have now switched on their new inflight Wi-Fi service on flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This Wi-Fi service is free during Virgin's three-month trial period on its Boeing 737-800 jets (VH-YIG). This service is expected to be available on the rest of its fleet in the second half of 2017 - mid-2018. Prices for the service are yet to be announced as Virgin are currently in talks regarding its fees.

INTRODUCING ECONOMY X, VIRGIN'S X-TRA ADDITION TO ECONOMY FARES

Virgin Australia have announced their new service dubbed 'Economy X' which will offer Economy Passengers 'Extra Legroom' Seats for a fee. The new service will be offered on Virgin's Boeing 737 by the end of May 2017. As well as extra legroom seating, this service will offer passengers access to exclusive overhead storage space, priority boarding, first pick of meals on applicable flights and access to noise-cancelling headphones.

Pricing for this Economy X service will vary depending on the route. Short haul domestic flights will start at $29 whilst this service will cost $149 for Australia to Los Angeles flights. Platinum Frequent Flyers will be able to select Economy X seats without the fee on domestic and trans-tasman flights.

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MELBOURNE - LOS ANGELES ROUTE RELAUNCHED

Virgin have now relaunched their Melbourne - Los Angeles direct flights after axing the flights in 2014. The relaunched service will now include Virgin's celebrated 'The Business' suites and a business class bar. The flights will operate on Virgin's Boeing 777-3000ER aircraft five times a week.

NEW CANBERRA - PERTH ROUTE

Virgin have now launched flights between Canberra and Perth to cater for the 'WA-based Federal Politician' traveller market. The flights will operate on Boeing 737 aircraft and will fly on Thursdays and Sundays in both directions.

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