Virgin Atlantic is taking note from other major airlines and introducing basic economy fares.
On Wednesday, Virgin Atlantic announced three new branded economy fares that will become available for purchase this spring, Travel Weekly reported. These seats range from the most basic Economy Light to the more amenity-friendly Economy Classic and Economy Delight. The new fares are meant to “align with” their joint venture partner Delta’s Basic Economy, Main Cabin, and Comfort+ seating.
The most affordable of the three, Economy Light, is ideal for budget travelers who need nothing more than a carry-on, as fliers who purchase these seats will need to pay an extra fee to check any bags. Travel Weekly notes that Virgin Atlantic’s current policy allows economy passengers to select their seats starting 24 hours before departure; Economy Light ticket holders, on the other hand, will not get to choose where they sit, and they will be given their seat assignment when they check in.
Travelers who would like the freedom to sit where they please can choose their seats when they book Economy Classic. They can also check their first bag at no additional cost.
Like Economy Classic, Economy Delight passengers get one free checked bag and can reserve their seats in advance. Most notably, fliers who purchase this branded fare get priority during check-in, and they can enjoy three more inches of legroom than Economy Light and Economy Classic travelers. According to USA Today, Virgin Atlantic is currently retrofitting its planes to include up to 36 Economy Delight seats each.
Virgin Atlantic said it will also be adding Wi-Fi to every flight and charging outlets for each seat. All economy passengers will still be served free food and drinks during their journey.
It has not yet been revealed which date Virgin Atlantic intends to introduce the new fares, or how much it will cost Economy Light passengers to check bags.