Class rating 7.5
- Boarding 10.0
- Seat for sitting 10.0
- Seat for sleeping 7.0
- Service 9.0
- Entertainment 9.0
- Food & drink 6.0
- Punctuality 1.0
- Baggage 8.0
The premium economy product on Virgin's new A330 aircraft is not significantly different to the carrier's existing product in terms of the actual seating, but what is new is the Panasonic inflight entertainment system.
The system features touchscreen capabilities on both the main screen and the handset. In a release the carrier says that passengers can “swipe across screens, scroll through text and instantly jump around the system, with a touch of a fingertip, using the sharpest graphics and full scale screen animations”.
Features of the new system include the ability to rate content with a thumbs up or down, the option to bookmark content for later in the flight, a travel tips section where passengers can leave their own suggestions, and live web news from Sky as well as hourly Sky News and Sports bulletins.
The premium economy cabin also features touch screen remote control handsets, allowing passengers to follow the system’s moving map display without having to switch away from the entertainment on the main screen.
Customers in premium economy can play content from “a variety” of mobile devices through the seatback screens, and passengers in all classes can view content through a USB port.
Premium economy seating on the A330 is in a 2-3-2 layout (A,C - D,F,G - H,K). Seats 18A,C, 19H,K and 20D-G are used for bassinet fixings.