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March 1, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Virgin Australia plans to launch daily return flights between Sydney and Hong Kong from around the middle of this year.

Subject to authorisation, Virgin Australia plans to operate daily return services between the two cities 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.

The International Air Services Commission (IASC) confirmed it had received an application from Virgin Australia seeking an allocation of seven frequencies per week on the Hong Kong route.

Well-known Virgin identity promotes new route

The airline is seeking the allocation on the basis that:

  • The capacity will be utilised by Virgin Australia;
  • The capacity may be utilised to provide services jointly with Hong  Kong Airlines and Virgin Atlantic;
  • The allocation is granted for a period of five years from the date of the determination; and
  • The allocation will be fully utilised by 28 February 2019

The announcement comes just seven months after Virgin Australia began its inaugural flights to Hong Kong from Melbourne.

Virgin Australia group chief executive, John Borghetti, said: “Expanding our presence into Greater China is a key pillar of our international strategy, and today we are building on the positive momentum created since the launch of our Melbourne-Hong Kong flights.

“The new Sydney-Hong Kong service will link two global destinations and will allow Virgin Australia to further access the fastest growing and most valuable Australian inbound market, China, with our alliance partner Hong Kong Airlines. The service will also connect with Virgin Atlantic Airway’s flights to London.

“Virgin Australia has been “shaking up” the Australia-Hong Kong market by introducing lower fares and its award-winning inflight product and service since it began its first Melbourne-Hong Kong flight last year,” Borghetti said.

Virgin Australia plans to commence services between Sydney and Hong Kong in mid-2018, subject to relevant approvals.

Sydney-Hong Kong flights will go on sale soon.

Sydney to Hong Kong Schedule (subject to authorisation)

Route         Flight Number   Dep/Arr          Day of the Week

SYD-HKG       VA89        1000/1740             Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

HKG-SYD       VA88        1950/0710 (+1)      Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Melbourne to Hong Kong Schedule (effective mid-2018)

Route       Flight Number     Dep/Arr          Day of the Week

MEL-HKG       VA85          0030/0810            Mon, Tues, Thu, Sat, Sun

HKG-MEL       VA84          1810/0540 (+1)    Tues, Thu, Sat, Sun

HKG-MEL       VA84          1915/0645 (+1)    Mon

Written by Peter Needham

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