Virgin Australia hits back – announces two new routes commencing October 2018

  • April 16, 2018

Following cancellation of a revenue share agreement with Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia has turned up the heat and announced changes to it’s own Trans-Tasman services including two new routes from 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. Virgin Australia also announced the following schedule changes:

  • AKL-SYD increased up to triple daily on weekdays and double daily on weekends
  • AKl-MEL increased up to double daily everyday
  • AKl-BNE up to two services per day and up to three on peak days

Apart from the above, Virgin Australia will reduce frequency between Christchurch and Melbourne from 11 flights per week to a daily service and Brisbane – Wellington from 14 to 9 services.

Virgin Australia has been servicing the Trans Tasman market since 2004 and has increased frequency to better suit business and leisure travellers. It’s also the only airlines that operates a Business Class on-board it’s 737-800 aircraft on the Melbourne – Queenstown route. While the airline has rejigged it’s route it will still stay committed to Christchurch and Wellington markets and it’s international operations from Dunedin.

Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800 offers:

  • 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 (on select flights)



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