Virgin Australia drops free meals, snacks and drinks in economy class

Virgin Australia will no longer serve free meals, snacks or even soft drinks in economy class as of this coming Thursday, March 25, as the airline switches to a fully ‘buy on board’ menu.

Ironically, the move comes on the same day as Virgin debuts its new fully-inclusive business class menu.

While coffee, tea and water will remain free for all economy class passengers, anything more will be available for purchase from what the airline has previously described as an “exciting and fresh” inflight menu.

Virgin has today begun emailing passengers booked on economy fares for travel on Thursday and beyond to advise them of the change.

“Please be advised that as of 25 March 2021 we have updated our food and drink offering on all flights,” the airline says.

“Guests will continue to receive complimentary water, with tea and coffee also provided. However, complimentary food will no longer be provided in our economy class cabin.”

“We understand you have purchased a fare inclusive of a complimentary snack,” the email continues.

“If you would still like to receive a snack, please make yourself known to cabin crew once you are on board and they will be able to assist.”

Competitors Qantas and Rex are certain to respond by talking up their own inclusion of meals and snacks in economy class.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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