Virgin Australia?s Fleet of Aircraft

The end of 2011 will see Virgin Australia rebranded across its entire fleet, incorporating Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue and V Australia under the one banner.

Virgin Australia`s fleet is made up of two Airbus A330-200 (with another two to be delivered in 2011); 46 Boeing 737-800 (with a further 48 on order); 16 Boeing 737-700s; 18 Embraer 190s, and 3 Embraer 170s (which are to be phased out during 2011/2012).

Virgin Australia flies to over 31 domestic destinations (including Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Island) and 12 international destinations including Indonesia, Thailand, UAE, US, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Virgin Australia’s Embraer 190 flights go the distance

The Embraer 190 jets, configured with 104 seats in a two class layout, Premium Economy and Economy, are the first of this model in the world to operate with ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operations) certification. ETOPS certification allows aircraft to safely fly non-stop routes over large uninhabited areas.

The Embraer 170 jets are configured with 78 seats, also with a two class layout of Premium Economy and Economy class seating.

Virgin Australia’s trusty fleet of 737 aircraft

Since its inception, Virgin Australia’s fleet has relied on Boeing’s 737. Boeing’s most recent offering, the 737-800 aircraft offers Virgin Australia passengers 12 Premium Economy seats in red leather trim and 180 Standard Economy class seats, while the 737-700 offers 12 Premium Economy seats, and 144 Standard Economy.

Virgin Australia’s Premium Economy – for business and holidays

Virgin Australia has perfected the concept of Premium Economy by creating a dedicated space in the cabin, better legroom, a wider seat with a generous recline and then throwing in a full bar offering Australian wines, gourmet meals served on china and a personal entertainment system. Premium Economy class also provides priority check-in at major airports, complementary access to The Lounge in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, extra baggage allowance up to 32kgs – in addition to the fare being fully flexible and refundable up to 24 hours before a scheduled flight departure.

Virgin Australia’s Premium Economy Class is far closer to a genuine Business Class in comfort and convenience than it is in price.

Blue Zone Seating for a great Virgin Australia flight

Virgin Australia StaffAnother seating option is to pay a small additional charge per one way sector to reserve a Blue Zone seat, located at the over-wing exit row seat. The ‘Blue Zone’ provides passengers with the equivalent of a 39 inch (99cm) seat pitch – a little bit extra that can make all the difference. Blue Zone seats are subject to availability and safety regulations.

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