Virgin Australia’s new Economy X class to feature extra legroom

Stephanie Yip 30 March 2017

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Plus priority boarding and designated overhead luggage space.

Australia's luxury airline Virgin Australia is helping domestic international travellers stretch more and stress less in the skies with its new Economy X class.

The Economy X class replaces the current Economy Space+ class, which was only launched in August 2016 and offered extra legroom seats from $10 more on domestic flights and short-haul international flights and a sliding price scale for long-haul international flights depending on the destination.

Economy X claims to offer much much more.

On top of up to 3 inches (7.62cm) of extra legroom or 34 inches (86.36cm) of pitch compared to an economy seat, Economy X flyers on domestic and short-haul international flights will also benefit from designated overhead luggage space, priority security screenings, priority boarding and priority check-in where available.

On long-haul international flights, passengers will benefit from extra legroom, premium check-in, premium boarding, designated overhead luggage space, first meal choice and a premium noise-cancelling headset.

Economy X will be available on Virgin Australia's entire Boeing 737 fleet and will encompass the first three rows of the economy cabin as well as the exit rows. The first flights to feature the roomier class are due to take off on 21 May 2017.

Other aircraft that will feature the Economy X class include the Boeing 777, Airbus A330, Embraer, ATR, Fokker 100 and Fokker 70.

Group executive of Virgin Australia John Thomas said of the launch, "Economy X will empower passengers to tailor their travel experience and will give them more choice when they fly. I'm confident that Economy X will be well received by guests."

The first fares for Economy X go on sale tomorrow 31 March 2017. Prices start from $29 on domestic and short-haul international flights and, similar to Economy Space+, will increase on a sliding price scale for long-haul international flights.

For frequent flyers, Economy X will be offered free of charge for Velocity Frequent Flyer Platinum members and their travel companions flying domestically or on short-haul international routes.

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