Written on 18th April 2018

Virgin Australia adds to Australia to New Zealand Network

Virgin Australia announced a suite of changes to its Trans-Tasman services, including two new routes and increased frequency into key markets. The changes will take effect at the beginning of the Northern Winter flying season.

From 28th October 2018, Virgin Australia will commence up to five flights per week between Sydney and Wellington, as well as up to four flights per week between Melbourne and Queenstown, becoming the only airline to offer Business Class on the Melbourne-Queenstown route.

Virgin Australia will operate a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft on Sydney-Wellington and Melbourne-Queenstown, featuring:

  • Eight leather Business Class seats in a 2-2 configuration
  • Business Class food and beverage menus designed by resident chef Luke Mangan
  • Virgin Australia Entertainment streamed to passengers’ own devices
  • Amenity kits featuring Hunter Lab products exclusive to Virgin Australia
  • Economy X, which offers up to 40 per cent more legroom, preferred overhead locker space and priority boarding

Flights will be available for sale on Thursday 19th April 2018.

Virgin Australia will also make the following schedule changes:

  • Auckland-Sydney increased up to triple daily on weekdays  and double daily on weekends
  • Auckland-Melbourne increased up to double daily every day
  • Auckland-Brisbane up to two services per day and up to three on peak days

From 28th October 2018, Virgin Australia will reduce frequency between Christchurch and Melbourne from 11 flights per week to a daily service, and Brisbane-Wellington from up to 14 services per week down to nine.

Source: virginaustralia.com