Virgin Australia recently opened the final phase of its Melbourne Airport lounge after a major revamp which increased the lounge capacity to 604 seats, making it the airline’s largest lounge in Australia. The 6-month lounge transformation project doubled the space of the lounge and added new features including a Wine Bar and an Espresso Bar. Features…read more >>>
VA's Boeing 777-300ER aircraft carry passengers between the U.S. and Australia. 33 International Business Class seats at the front of the plane in a 2-3-2 formation give way to 40 Premium Economy in 2-4-2, followed by 288 International Economy flyers seated in 3-3-3 formation. Its fleet is the newest on the US to Australia route.
In The Air
International Business passengers on Virgin are treated to extra large leather seats, oversized seat-back entertainment screens and an exclusive menu designed by top Australian chef Luke Mangan. Premium Economy has extra legroom, nice wide seats, handheld entertainment consoles and an enhanced menu.
International Economy Class has luxury leather seats, personal entertainment screens and optional upgrades to a gourmet menu.
On The Ground
Members of the Virgin Australia lounge program as well as the airline's Velocity Platinum and Gold members, and Business Elite and Premium Economy passengers can relax in Virgin and partner airlines' lounges before takeoff. They will be provided refreshment and access to business facilities as well as priority check-in.
Virgin Australia International won Domestic Airline of the Year for 2012 at the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards as well as scooping 'Best Airline' and 'Best Staff Service' in the Asia Pacific region at the World Airline Awards.
Virgin Australia now offers an additional benefit to its passengers who are not members of Velocity, the airline’s frequent flier program — single-use entry passes to its domestic airport lounges in Australia. If you’re flying on Virgin Australia, either after the long-haul flight from Los Angeles or on a flight within Australia, and have a…read more >>>
Virgin Australia launched twice-weekly flights between the West Australian city of Perth and the small mining city of Paraburdoo in the Pilbara region of Western Australia on November 21. The return flights on the Perth-Paraburdoo route will operate every Thursday and Friday using a 100-seat Fokker 100 aircraft. Previously, Qantaslink, the regional subsidiary of Qantas, was the…read more >>>
Virgin Australia recently surprised passengers on-board a flight from Sydney to Perth with a high tea service at 40,000 feet. Customers on-board VA555 were treated to a traditional tiered-tray high tea service by the airline’s resident chef, Luke Mangan. The unique tea service involved “baking more than 300 scones with homemade preserves and cream, making more…read more >>>
Virgin Australia took delivery of its 100th Boeing 737 aircraft with a celebratory flight for children from the Starlight Foundations and their families on August 5. The Boeing 737 accounts for over half the airline’s fleet, and is used on routes across Virgin Australia’s domestic and international network. Virgin Australia marked the induction of the…read more >>>
Investment triumvirate announces feasibility study on bio-jet fuel Brisbane Airport, Virgin Australia and fuel company SkyNRG are teaming up to look into the possibility of creating Australia’s first bio-port facility, which would allow aircraft to refuel with sustainable fuel. Their memorandum of understanding heralds the beginning of a 12-month feasibility study set to analyze local…read more >>>
Virgin Australia is currently evaluating new Business Class seats for its domestic fleet, according to Australian Business Traveller. The airline is using invitation-only focus groups to gather feedback about the design and comfort levels of the new seats, which are most likely to be installed in the airline’s 70 or so Boeing 737-800 aircraft which…read more >>>
The International Air Services Commission (IASC), the Australian government agency governing airline capacities and route entitlements, has renewed Virgin Australia’s unrestricted flight capacity between Australia and Fiji, and between Australia and the Solomon Islands for five years. The Commission said in a report that it would permit the airline to continue flying between Sydney, Melbourne,…read more >>>
Select flights to hand out complimentary refreshments Anyone who flew domestically in economy class on Virgin Australia’s predecessor, Virgin Blue, can remember having to stop at an airport cafe to purchase food for the flight. Virgin Australia, however, seems to be trying to distance itself from its origins as a discount airline and match or…read more >>>
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…read more >>>