Virgin Australia: Changes to our Long Haul International Network

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Virgin are pleased to share some exciting announcements regarding our long haul services to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.


Here is what they have to say:

Soon flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles

The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia, and the customer response to the launch of the new flagship products on our Boeing 777-300ER aircraft has been extremely positive. In support of this, we are introducing flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles using our Boeing 777 aircraft, with five services each week to commence from 4 April 2017.

A330s to fly from Perth to Abu Dhabi

From 9 June 2017, we will introduce three new services each week between Perth and Abu Dhabi using our Airbus A330-200, which also features our award-winning Business Class experience, ‘The Business’. This represents a milestone for our A330s as they move into long haul international service for the first time and increases the number of services offered on the route from seven to 10 per week through our alliance with Etihad Airways.

How will we make these changes happen

To enable the introduction of Melbourne-Los Angeles flights, we will cease our three times weekly Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights after 4 February 2017 and will reduce the number of weekly flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles from seven to six in April 2017. Our daily Sydney to Los Angeles service will remain unchanged.

Our customers will continue to enjoy the option of twice daily flights between Sydney and Abu Dhabi, with our alliance partner Etihad Airways to add three new weekly services on the route from 6 February 2017.

Benefits for our business

From April 2017, in conjunction with our alliance partner Delta Air Lines, we will offer 25 services to Los Angeles each week from the three biggest gateways in Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Our flagship Business Class experience ‘The Business’, alongside Delta’s premium cabin Delta One, distinguishes us as the only trans-Pacific alliance to consistently offer lie flat beds with direct aisle access in Business Class, which gives us a unique advantage with premium travellers.

Issued by Virgin Australia