Flying Virgin Atlantic premium economy from Sydney to Hong Kong, or on from Hong Kong to London? The latest in AusBT's extensive series of guides to picking the best seat on the plane is here to help you get the most out of your journey.
The plane and cabin
Virgin Atlantic is one of your three premium economy options between Sydney and Hong Kong (and one of four, with British Airways added, on the overall Sydney-London route).
You'll find 38 premium economy seats on board in a 2-3-2 configuration, starting just in front of the wing of the stretched A340-600 plane.
Seats are among the widest in the premium economy band, at 21" (53cm).
Each seat has an AC outlet but it's one of those oddly-shaped EmPower sockets so you'll want to be packing the right adaptor for your laptop or tablet.
The best seats on the plane
18A 18C 18H 18K: despite the seat map's layout, these are bulkhead seats with a wall in front (as shown below) rather than exit row seats you can really stretch out in.
That said, they're still the best on board. While you might be disturbed by a baby at the front of the cabin, it's not like the premium economy zone is really big enough for you to avoid that anyway.
18D 18F 18G: these centre three bulkhead seats are a decent deal since the middle seat can nip out without disturbing the aisle passengers.
The worst seats on the plane
23D 23G 22D 22C 22G 22H: these aisle seats right next to the lavatories are a definite no.
Rows 21-23: the rest of these three rows aren't quite as bad, but they're still further back in the cabin -- and thus closer to the relatively noisy loos.
F seats: skip the middle of the three seats if you can and go for an aisle instead.
About John Walton
Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.