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Virgin Australia scraps free food for economy passengers

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Virgin Australia will stop serving free food to its economy customers from this week.

Virgin Australia will no longer serve complimentary food to economy passengers.

Economy customers will be forced to purchase food and drink from the onboard menu from March 25, but will still be offered free water, tea and coffee.

Business class guests will be offered a plated meal from the airline's new business class menu.

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Virgin Australia was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and is continuing to adapt to coronavirus related travel challenges.

In September the airline was bought by American investment firm Bain Capital.

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Incoming CEO Jayne Hrdlicka proposed to make Virgin a "mid-market" airline with three levels on in-cabin seating, including business class, economy X and economy seats.

The move is designed to pitch Virgin as a middle ground airline, between a premium Qantas offering and the more budget Jetstar.

Source: 9News

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