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Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will end their trans-Tasman alliance in October

Air New Zealand Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKE (msn 32712) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937555.

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia made this announcement:

The airlines commenced the strategic alliance at the end of 2010 to cooperate on services between New Zealand and Australia. Current regulatory approval for the alliance expires at the end of October this year and the parties will not apply for renewal.

Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace says market dynamics on the Tasman have changed and the time is now right for each airline to focus on its own objectives.

Current trans-Tasman alliance arrangements will remain in place until October 27, 2018 and customers travelling before this date will be unaffected. Customers booked with Air New Zealand to travel on a Virgin Australia service (or vice versa) after October 28 will be contacted by their booking airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKE (msn 32712) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937555.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIA (msn 37824) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 913307.

Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIA (msn 37824) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 913307.

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Virgin Australia to add the Sydney – Hong Kong route on July 2

Virgin Australia Airlines Airbus A330-243 F-WWYU (VH-XFC) (msn 1293) TLS (Olivier Gregoire). Image: 908358.

Virgin Australia on April 3 announced its Sydney-Hong Kong flights are now on sale, with the inaugural flight scheduled to depart as flight VA83 from Sydney at 10 am on July 2, 2018.

The airline will operate daily services between the two destinations, operated by its dual aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring the award-winning Business Class product, ‘The Business’, which has been named the world’s best for two consecutive years1.

Virgin Australia has also announced an interline partnership with HK Express, allowing passengers to travel from Melbourne or Sydney to Hong Kong and connect through to destinations throughout Asia. These services will go on sale later this month.

Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Airbus A330-243 F-WWYU (VH-XFC) (msn 1293) TLS (Olivier Gregoire). Image: 908358.

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Virgin Australia announces services between Brisbane and Alice Springs

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Virgin Australia on March 19, 2018 announced it will commence services between Brisbane and Alice Springs, increasing its regional domestic network offering.

From June 19, 2018, Virgin Australia will operate a twice-weekly return service on Tuesdays and Thursdays under a wet lease agreement with Alliance Airlines, operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 fleet of aircraft.

 

Services between Brisbane and Rockhampton, currently operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 fleet, will also benefit with Virgin Australia upgrading two existing return flights to its Boeing 737 aircraft, adding over 300 seats per week in to the region.

Brisbane-Alice Springs Schedule

ROUTE FLIGHT NUMBER DEP/ARR DAYS OF THE WEEK
BNE-ASP VA1023 1015/1305 Tuesdays and Thursdays
ASP-BNE VA1026 1340/1700 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Copyright Photo: Alliance Airlines (Australia) Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-XWN (msn 11278) BNE (Peter Gates). Image: 906002.

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Virgin Australia announces Sydney – Hong Kong flights

Virgin Australia Airlines Airbus A330-243 VH-XFB (msn 372) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 912544.

Virgin Australia on February 28 announced plans to launch flights between Sydney and Hong Kong, increasing the airline’s presence into Greater China.

Subject to authorization, Virgin Australia plans to operate daily return services between the two cities with its dual aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring ‘The Business’, which has been named the world’s best Business Class for two consecutive years1.

The announcement comes just seven months after Virgin Australia commenced its inaugural flights to Hong Kong from Melbourne, bringing choice and competition on this route.

 

Virgin Australia plans to commence services between Sydney and Hong Kong in mid-2018, subject to relevant approvals.

Sydney to Hong Kong Schedule3

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the Week
SYD-HKG VA89 1000/1740 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
HKG-SYD VA88 1950/0710 (+1) Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Melbourne to Hong Kong Schedule (effective mid-2018)

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the Week
MEL-HKG VA85 0030/0810 Mon, Tues, Thu, Sat, Sun
HKG-MEL VA84 1810/0540 (+1) Tues, Thu, Sat, Sun
HKG-MEL VA84 1915/0645 (+1) Mon

Photo Above: Virgin Australia Airlines.

1‘The Business’ was named Best Business Class 2017 and 2018 by global ratings agency, AirlineRatings.com.

2 According to Tourism Australia’s Greater China Country Profile.

3 Subject to authorization.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Airbus A330-243 VH-XFB (msn 372) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 912544.

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Virgin Australia makes history with a fashion “Runway in the Sky”

Virgin Australia Airlines made aviation and fashion history when the airline held its first-ever fashion runway in the sky during a flight from Sydney to Melbourne on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, headlined by international model Kelly Gale (above and below).

Flying in from Los Angeles, Gale, a Swedish- Australian model of Indian and Australian descent, best known for her role in the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, said the opportunity is a natural fit. “Aviation runs in the family – my mum is a pilot – so I jumped at the chance to be involved in the Virgin Australia Runway in the Sky and be part of a very unique catwalk!

The event, dubbed ‘Runway in the Sky’, is in celebration of Virgin Australia’s fifth consecutive year as Principal Partner of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), and  featured Gale and 13 models parading down the aisles of the airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft, wearing celebrated Australian designer label, Ginger and Smart.

Virgin Australia Group Executive Brand, Marketing and Public Affairs Danielle Keighery said Virgin Australia is known for doing things differently and this unique event is the perfect way to take their support for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion.

All photos by Virgin Australia.

 

Virgin Australia retires its last Embraer 190, takes delivery of the last Boeing 737-800

Type Retired: February 3, 2018 (VA 1105 Newcastle - Brisbane with VH-ZPH)

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) today (February 3) retired its last Embraer 190. VH-ZPH operated flight VA 1105 from Newcastle to Brisbane.

Newcastle Airport announced the last departure on social media:

In other news, this week, Virgin Australia welcomed its newest Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation (NG) aircraft to the fleet, named “Dreamtime Beach”. This delivery completes the Boeing 737 fleet of more than 80 aircraft.

Below Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The last Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-YWE (msn 41015, ln 6775) taxies at a soggy Boeing Field.

Photo Above: Virgin Australia.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW VH-ZPR (msn 19000424) PER (Micheil Keegan). Image: 908555.

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Virgin Australia is ready for the Christmas rush with 150 extra flights

Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIY (msn 40701) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926599.

Virgin Australia Airlines is ramping up for one of the busiest times of the year by going above and beyond for all travellers these Christmas holidays. The airline will help nearly two million passengers get to their destinations, and has also added over 150 extra flights to popular domestic and international locations to cater to the increased demand.

During the month of December, Virgin Australia will:

  • Fly nearly 2 million passengers to 58 destinations;
  • Operate nearly 14,000 domestic and international flights;
  • Carry more than 1.1 million pieces of luggage; and
  • Transport around 9,000 pets around the country.

For the first time, guests in Virgin Australia’s lounges will be served a traditional Christmas spread on Christmas Day1. Guests can dine on roast turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, marmalade glazed leg ham with mustard gravy, roast vegetables, steamed greens and warm mini fruit puddings with brandy custard.

During the Christmas period, guests in all Virgin Australia lounges will be served:

  • 120,000 fruit mince pies;
  • 90,000 turkey and cranberry rolls;
  • 80,000 chocolate elves; and
  • 500kg of Christmas cookies.

On Christmas Day alone, Virgin Australia will serve more than 4,500 herb-roasted Turkey meals, while 7,000 bottles of bubbly will be popped over the Christmas period.

For Business Class guests, Virgin Australia resident chef Luke Mangan and his team are busy preparing some fine fare to serve on board including:

  • 12,000 gingerbread stars; and
  • 1,000 hot herb-roasted Turkey meals with chestnut stuffing and vegetables.

Virgin Australia will also be helping families to take their four legged friends away on holidays, with more than 9,000 cats and dogs expected to fly, as well as more than 100 rescue dogs due to be transported to new homes.

Velocity members will also be taking advantage of the program’s award-winning redemption ability, with more than 65,000 Reward Seats being flown over the period.

Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YIY (msn 40701) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926599.

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