My First Experience Trying Virgin Australia’s Economy X

by Zac George
a row of seats in an airplane

I’ve written about Virgin Australia’s Economy X seating extensively on the blog but I haven’t tried it until now. A few days ago, Virgin announced that it was now available on all aircraft so I was interested to see what it’s like. This morning I had a flight from Sydney – Brisbane and I purposely didn’t upgrade as I wanted to see what the new seating is like first hand. I’ve had a few questions about the space and legroom, so this post should show it in a little more detail.

what are my first thoughts? Impressive!

I was travelling on a 737-800 which is the most common aircraft you’ll fly on for the triangle routes. As a reminder, there’s 30 X seats in a 737-800 in rows 3-5 and 13 & 14 which are the overwing exit seats. Each X seat on the 737 has a pitch of 34”where as the regular Economy seats have a pitch of 31”

I was seated in 5A which is the third row of the front Economy X section.

a person's legs in a seat

Row 5 Economy X

Row 3 is renowned for being the best row in Economy and it lives up to that, the space is fantastic!

a row of seats in an airplane

Row 3 Economy X


the seat of an airplane

Row 3 Economy X


a person's feet in a black carpeted floor

Row 3 Economy X

This is between row 3 and 4:

a row of seats in an airplane

Row 3 and 4 Economy X


seat in a plane with seats

Row 4 and 5 Economy X

Passengers in Economy X have reserved overhead bins which the crew were enforcing.

a sign on a shelf

Economy X overhead bins

As a reminder, you’ll receive the same meal/snack as every other Economy passenger on Domestic services. on International long-haul flights, you’ll receive your first choice and a pair of noise cancelling headphones.

a table with a cup of coffee and a drink

Coffee and Muffin

The overall Economy X experience is great and a brilliant option for people wanting more space seating and added benefits. The only thing I didn’t see Virgin doing was priority boarding for X passengers but it’s still early days and I imagine it will come into full effect soon.

I know it sounds like I’m a little too excited for Economy seats but for Australia travellers, it’s pretty fantastic.

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Bella May 25, 2017 - 5:03 am

I’ve almost always been in row 3 from BNE – DUD. Most times I’ve had the row to myself. Will be great to try economy X.

Zac George May 25, 2017 - 5:08 am

Row 3 is brilliant and now with Economy X, it’s even better!

Steven June 1, 2017 - 2:32 pm

it’s a nice product for infrequent economy travellers, but it represents another downgrade of benefits for VA Platinums.

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