Virgin Australia will add 75,000 seats on trans-Tasman routes next year, running 10 return services between Auckland and Sydney, three more than now.
The airline will add two return services between Auckland and Melbourne each week from 30 June 2015 to bring the total to nine.
She said new Auckland services had been timed to suit business travellers and those connecting to regional New Zealand services.
“The five new return services to Auckland add an extra 1760 seats each week on our Boeing 737 aircraft, which feature our award-winning business class,” she said, adding that the airline would also run up to four extra return services a week between Brisbane and Queenstown during the ski season.
The airline will beef up its service between Christchurch and Sydney, with a schedule change by alliance partner and major shareholder Air New Zealand to give a choice of evening or morning departures.
Services between Brisbane and Dunedin would provide better connectivity from Dunedin to Queensland, Adelaide and Canberra and same-day connectivity to North America.
It’s a big month for Virgin Australia, which last week unveiled the future of its airport operations at the new T1 Domestic Terminal in Perth, representing a major enhancement to the travel experience throughout Western Australia and beyond.
Virgin Australia claims to be the first airline in the world to use the new hybrid technology developed by global air transport IT provider SITA. The technology allows the Virgin Australia check-in experience to be tailored to each guest and enables the airline to easily change operations to meet customer demand. It features:
- 14 hybrid desks which can be switched from self-service bag drop to full-service, traditional counters within five minutes;
- unique swivel technology engineered on each of the 14 monitor screens to accelerate the changeover process; and
- the flexibility to determine how many self-service bag drop desks can be changed into full-service counters depending on demand in peak periods.
At the AGM this week, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the airline was also strengthening its domestic business. He said Virgin International was on track to be profitable by the end of financial 2017. It posted a loss in fiscal 2015 but has seen a AUD 213 million turnaround.
Written by Peter Nedham