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UK report: Virgin Atlantic to resume Australia route

March 15, 2018 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Virgin Atlantic will start flying to Australia again, four years after axing its route to Sydney, according to chief executive Craig Kreeger quoted in the UK media.

London’s Daily Express reported Kreeger saying Virgin Atlantic would once again fly from London to Melbourne and Sydney via Hong Kong or Los Angeles, code-sharing with sister airline Virgin Australia.

Whether that means Virgin Atlantic will use its own aircraft on the route was unclear. Earlier this month, Virgin Australia announced plans to launch daily return flights between Sydney and Hong Kong from around the middle of this year.

Virgin Atlantic’s decision in 2014 to drop the Sydney Hong Kong route came as a thunderbolt and left British Airways as the last major European carrier to fly to Australia using “its own metal” – as the airline industry puts it.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger

Subject to authorisation, Virgin Australia plans to operate daily return services between Sydney and Hong Kong with Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring ‘The Business’, which has been named the world’s best Business Class for two consecutive years by global ratings agency, AirlineRatings.com.

Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, unveiled plans last week to offer three different types of economy fares as part of a major investment program costing about AUD 533 million.

The changes will see Premium Economy rebranded as Premium and an option called Economy Delight introduced, offering passengers 34 inches of legroom compared to the standard 31 inches – plus advance seat assignment and priority boarding.

At the other end of the economy spectrum, Virgin will also introduce Economy Light, an inflexible low-cost fare that will give passengers a pre-assigned seat and allow no checked-in luggage. Economy Light tickets will be non-refundable and passengers will not be able to change dates.

The current Standard Economy fare will be restyled as Economy Classic, the Express reported.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    If you’re just talking a codeshare, Virgin Atlantic already fly London to Sydney using Singapore Airlines aircraft Codeshares are not equal to an airline flying somewhere itself, despite everything the airlines say. Codeshares do not provide seamless travel as advertised. They do not benefit passengers in any way. They are purely a way for an airline to gain additional revenue without having to use a costly aeroplane. As soon as there is a problem for a passenger on a codeshare flight, watch as each airline points the blame on the other. For Instance, flying on a Qantas/American codeshare holding a ticket with a QF flight number but operated by an American Airlines aircraft. If a delay occurs causing a missed connection American will immediately tell you to contact Qantas because you hold a Qantas ticket. Qantas will immediately tell you to contact American because its their aeroplane that has been delayed. And at the end of the day neither will help you. I’d love to see Virgin Atlantic back in Australia but only if they bring their own planes.

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