Two-thirds of coast to coast flights will use brand new jets
Virgin Australia broke open the cellophane wrapping and got out its giant scissors to unleash four box-fresh Airbus A330’s on its Brisbane-Perth service recently. Two of the three daily flights during the week will feature the more spacious aircraft, offering lie-flat Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 formation.
Outbound flights depart Brisbane at 8:45am, 5:30pm and 8:15pm on weekdays, and return at 12:30pm, 5:30pm and 10:45pm respectively. The morning and evening services are now covered by the A330s, while the middle flight will continue to use a Boeing 737-800. The Airbus is renowned for offering greater comfort for long-distance passengers, and Virgin will replace the older Boeing by June 2015, either with a newer Boeing 787 model or the A350 from Airbus.
VA chief John Borghetti is currently deliberating as to which jet the airline will favor as it continues its expansion in the Australasian market. Suffice to say though, until then, customers flying coast to coast will be more than happy to see the new planes take their place on the roster. Connections between Melbourne and Perth are already exclusively overseen by the Airbuses, and the Sydney-Perth route will see upgraded aircraft later in the year, when Virgin take delivery of its seventh A330.