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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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FedEx Express orders 30 ATR 72-600F freighters

FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, has announced it has completed a purchase agreement with ATR that will begin to modernize the company’s fleet of feeder aircraft.

Under the agreement, FedEx Express is making a firm purchase of 30 ATR 72-600F aircraft with options to purchase up to 20 additional ATR 72-600Fs. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2020, with subsequent deliveries of about six aircraft per year over a five year period.

ATR 72-600Fs will have:

  • a forward Large Cargo Door (LCD) and a rear upper-hinged cargo door
  • digital cockpits
  • advanced avionics technology and enhanced take-off performance
  • ADS-B “out” capabilities

The ATR 72-600F is equipped with reinforced floor panels and will support both bulk cargo and Unit Load Device (ULD) configurations. The aircraft has a bulk capacity of 2,630 cubic feet (74.6 cubic meters). When in ULD mode, it can accommodate up to seven LD3 containers, or five 88” x 108” pallets, or nine 88” x 62” pallets.

Current FedEx feeder aircraft do not carry containers or palletized freight, so these new features will help the company better serve customers in the air freight market where palletized shipments are the norm.

FedEx currently deploys more than 300 feeder aircraft in 45 countries. Most of these feeder aircraft are owned by FedEx, and are leased and operated by different third-party air carriers under their own operating certificates. The FedEx feeder fleet is comprised of aircraft under 60,000 pounds maximum gross take-off weight, and allows the company to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets around the world.

The FedEx feeder fleet complements the company’s jet fleet of over 360 aircraft, including Boeing 777s, 767s and 757s, MD-11s, MD-10s, Airbus A300s and Airbus A310s.

Copyright Photo: The new ATR 72-600s will replace the older ATR 42s and ATR 72s. FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.