Virgin Australia Sydney-Perth Route On A330

13th Jun 2013

Travelers between Sydney and Perth will soon find themselves flying on a wide-body Airbus A330 via Virgin Australia.

Starting October this year, Virgin Australia will upgrade all its aircraft plying the transcontinental Sydney-Perth route during weekdays into an all-A330 affair. Weekend flights will now be serviced with the smaller Boeing 737-800 plane.

The airline will soon take delivery its 7th A330 aircraft which it will use for the said transcontinental route. The plane will be configured similar to four of its predecessors which are fitted with lie-flat seats each hosting a large seatback screen with VOD for optimum in-flight entertainment.

The airline has already used A330 on two other transcontinental routes, between Melbourne and Perth as well as between Brisbane and Perth.

Judith Crompton, Virgin Australia's Chief Commercial Officer, said that they will inaugurate next year its state-of-the-art domestic pier at Perth Airport, enabling Virgin Australia to raise the standard in air travel in Western Australia.

Qantas set the trend earlier this year when it launched its weekday flights using the wide-body A330 aircraft between Sydney and Perth as well as between Melbourne and Perth, while using a 767 plane on its Brisbane-Perth flights.

The Red Roo, however, still lags behind Virgin Australia when it comes to business class seats as it is using the recliner-style seats, akin to premium economy seats. The recliner-style seats in Qantas' A330s clearly pale in comparison to Virgin's lie-flat seats.

Qantas, though, is planning to furbish all business class cabins in its entire fleet of Airbus A330 with lie-flat seats by 2014.

The flag carrier also plans to ditch the Marc Newson Skybeds found in its Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 planes and adopt a more trendy design.

Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, said that their clients will certainly be pleasantly surprised and be amazed at the new business class seats sporting a new design.

The airline executive is confident that the future business class seats will surely boost their competitiveness in the industry as it will easily become the best product to hit the domestic market anywhere in the world.

He added that its economy cabin will also be upgraded with the refurbishment of new in-flight entertainment system.

The Red Roo is already transforming its dining offering aboard flights between major cities in the country 18 months ahead of the completion of the installation of its all-new business class seats. The airline's latest menu offering is designed by the celebrated Aussie superchef, Neil Perry.