Virgin Australia Resumes Sydney to Abu Dhabi Service
5th Jul 2016
Australian airline Virgin Australia is about to finish refurbishing the cabin on its Boeing 777-ER aircraft it uses on the Sydney-Abu Dhabi route. This means that passengers will once again, starting September, be able to travel between the two cities with Virgin Australia.
VA sent a note to the travel agents, saying that passengers who booked on either flight VA39 (Sydney to Abu Dhabi) or the return flight VA30 (Abu Dhabi-Sydney) will be transferred to Virgin's partner Etihad's services. Etihad flies the route 11 times per week on Boeing 777-ERs and Airbus A380s. VA29 and VA30 were scheduled between 9th and 30th August.
The Australian carrier decided to suspend the service in February in order to reconfigure its Boeing 777-ERs with new Premium Economy Class and Business Class cabins.
The retrofitting of the five Boeing 777-ERs is undertaken in Louisiana at the Chennault International Airport there. Out of five B777-ERs, three have already been finished.
Virgin will resume service to Abu Dhabi on 1st September and has scheduled VA29 to depart from Sydney at 14:35 p.m. Prior to suspending the service, VA operated it three times per week.
The service will, however, return for only a short while as the carrier plans to suspend it again in November for maintenance. In another note to travel agents, Virgin Australia said:
"Virgin Australia wishes to advise trade partners due to heavy maintenance on our Boeing 777 fleet, Virgin Australia will suspend services to Abu Dhabi on Virgin Australia operated flights to/from Sydney and Abu Dhabi from 2nd November through 19th November 2016 (inclusive)."
The statement continued:
"The last scheduled Virgin Australia commercial service prior to the maintenance will be VA29 SYD-AUH on Tuesday 1st November, 2016, with the first service post the maintenance scheduled to be VA30 AUH-SYD on Monday 21st November, 2016."
Virgin Australia Partners with Schwarzkopf Professional
The Boeing 777-ER cabin isn't the only thing that will see an upgrade. The same goes for Virgin Australia's cabin and ground crews. Namely, the airline has entered a partnership with the premier hairstyling company Schwarzkopf Professional, which includes style creation, styling help and tutorials for Virgin's staff.
The partnership follows a two-week program during which Schwarzkopf hairdressers visited Virgin Australia's lounges in Australia and shared their knowledge with the airline's staff.