Virgin Blue Brings Competition Back to Business Class Travel04/04/2011
The Virgin Blue group of airlines today announced that its new Airbus A330 Sydney-Perth service will commence operation on 26 May 2011, subject to regulatory approvals.
The airline revealed in February that the Airbus A330s would be the first aircraft to offer Business Class on the Virgin Blue domestic network, fitted out with stylish new designer Economy and Business cabins developed by Creative Director Hans Hulsbosch.
Virgin Blue Group of Airlines Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director John Borghetti said: “For the first time in almost a decade, travellers will have a choice in Business Class within the Australian domestic market. With our excellent service, luxury leather seating, 62 inch Business Class seat pitch, multi-channel in-flight entertainment and our range of high quality meals designed by Luke Mangan, Virgin Blue’s Airbus A330 service will provide an unparalleled experience in Australian skies.”
“We will be offering very competitive fares on the new service, bringing competition back to Business Class travel as well as continuing to provide great value in Economy Class. Today Virgin Blue is launching special Economy Class fares from $139.00* one way booked on the internet between Sydney and Perth and, as an introductory offer for Business Class guests, we will provide complimentary limousine* transfers to and from Sydney Airport for the all inclusive price of $1399.00* one way booked on the internet between Sydney and Perth.
“We have developed a schedule that provides convenient departure and arrival times for corporate and leisure guests. The service commences from Sydney to Perth on 26 May 2011 with an 8.00am departure from Sydney, followed by a 1.00pm departure from Perth later that day. From July we will operate a three times daily service, providing a total of more than 33,000 seats each week between the east coast and Perth.
“Our Airbus A330 service between Sydney and Perth is just the beginning of the roll out of our new business and Economy Class product to our domestic network. Today’s announcement marks another step forward in our Game Change Program, which will see us become the airline of choice in the Australian business and leisure markets,” Mr. Borghetti said.
·Business Class fares commence from $1399.00* one way booked on the internet.
·For a limited time, existing Velocity members who book two return Business Class flights on the new Airbus A330 services will also receive an upgrade to Gold Velocity membership for a 12-month period*. Gold Velocity membership benefits include priority check-in at selected domestic airports; complimentary baggage allowance and membership to Virgin Blue’s Lounge.
·Economy Class fares commence from $139.00* one way booked on the internet.
·Virgin Blue Guests who book before 7 April can take up a special Economy Class fare of $139.00* booked on the internet one way between Sydney and Perth for travel from 26 May to 22 June, and $158.00* booked on the internet one way for travel from 27 July to 15 September.
Airbus A330 Schedule:
From 26 May until 5 June, the A330 will operate one return daily service departing Sydney at 0800 and Perth at 1300. Between 6 June and 3 July, two return services will depart daily from Sydney at 0800 and 1730 with the return services departing Perth at 1300 and 2355. From 4 July, three return services will depart Sydney at 0800; 1730 and 2000. The return services will depart Perth at 0545, 1230 and 2355 (please note all times are local).
New Economy Class service features:
Luxury leather seating
Seat-back inflight entertainment
Up to 32 inch seat pitch
Luke Mangan on-board retail menu
New Business Class service features:
Luxury leather seating with 62 inch pitch
Seat-back inflight entertainment
Entry to the Lounge
Dedicated washroom facilities
Amenity kits on three+ hour flights
Priority baggage service
Pillows and blankets on three+ hour flights
More carry-on baggage storage
Luke Mangan meal service
To make a booking go to www.virginblue.com.au or telephone 13 6789 or contact your local travel agent.
*terms and conditions apply to fares; Limousine service and Velocity promotion
Flight schedules are subject to change
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