Virgin Australia Launches Melbourne to LA and Perth to Abu Dhabi
26th Sep 2016
Virgin Australia has announced on Monday that it will add two new routes to its itinerary starting 2017. This will be Melbourne-Los Angeles and Perth-Abu Dhabi. In order to introduce this route, VA will stop flying between Sydney and Abu Dhabi from 4th February next year and will also reduce flights between Brisbane and LA to six per week from seven starting 7th April, 2017.
VA will begin flying to LA from Melbourne starting 4th April next year and will use Boeing 777-300ER plane on it. The Australian airline will fly five times each week to Los Angeles.
The second announced route is Perth to Abu Dhabi, which the carrier will fly from 9th July, 2017. Virgin will use the Airbus A3300-200 aircraft on it and it will be a thrice weekly service.
Virgin Australia customers can still fly Sydney-Abu Dhabi twice a day with alliance partner Etihad Airways.
Chief executive officer of Virgin Australia Group John Borghetti had this to say:
"The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia and this enables us to service Los Angeles from the three biggest gateways in Australia ? Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. In partnership with Delta Air Lines, we will soon offer 25 services each week from Australia to Los Angeles and remain the only trans-Pacific alliance to offer Business Class guests lie-flat beds with direct aisle access on all services."
He also added:
"Our A330 aircraft will be deployed on a long-haul international route for the first time on flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi, which increases the number of services offered on the route from seven to 10 per week through our alliance with Etihad Airways."
Both Melbourne-Los Angeles and Perth-Abu Dhabi travellers will be able to enjoy Virgin's award-winning "The Business" experience, which includes 1-2-1 configuration (direct aisle access for all passengers), 18 inch HD touch screen (largest in-flight entertainment screen) on Boeing 777 (Melbourne-LA) or 16 inch HD touch screen on A330 (Perth-Abu Dhabi) as well as excellent wines and dishes and seats that can convert into queen size bed-length.