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TRADE RELEASE 16 April 2018
 
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA UPS ITS GAME ON THE TASMAN, ANNOUNCES OVERHAUL OF AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND FLIGHTS
 

Virgin Australia today announced a suite of changes to its Trans-Tasman services, including two new routes and increased frequency into key markets. The changes will take effect at the beginning of the Northern Winter flying season on 28 October 2018.

From 28 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, becoming the only airline to offer Business Class on the Melbourne-Queenstown route.

Virgin Australia will also make the following schedule changes:

• Auckland-Sydney increased up to triple daily on weekdays1 and double daily on weekends;
• Auckland-Melbourne increased up to double daily every day;
• Auckland-Brisbane up to two services per day and up to three on peak days.

From 28 October 2018, Virgin Australia will reduce frequency between Christchurch and Melbourne from 11 flights per week to a daily service, and Brisbane-Wellington from up to 14 services per week to nine.

Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive Rob Sharp said: “Virgin Australia is upping its game on the Tasman and we’re delighted to announce two additional routes to our Australia-New Zealand network.

“As well as increasing frequency on key routes from Auckland, we have also improved the timing of some of our New Zealand flights to better suit the needs of both leisure and business travellers. Our entry into the Melbourne-Queenstown market will bring some much-needed competition to the premium leisure sector, with Virgin Australia the only airline to offer Business Class on this route. Virgin Australia also offers other unique products such as Economy X featuring extra legroom and priority benefits.

“While the Brisbane-Wellington and Christchurch-Melbourne routes will have a small reduction in frequency, we remain committed both markets. Virgin Australia also remains the only international airline flying to and from Dunedin.

“We have had a strong presence in New Zealand since 2004, and we look forward to bringing more exciting initiatives to this market very soon,” Mr Sharp said.

Virgin Australia will operate a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft on Sydney-Wellington and Melbourne-Queenstown, featuring:

• 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 Australia2;
• Economy X, which offers up to 40 per cent more legroom, priority boarding and screening.

Flights will be available for sale on Thursday 19 April 2018 through your Global Distribution System (GDS) and at www.virginaustralia.com.

Queenstown schedule effective 28 October 2018

Melbourne - Queenstown

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the week
MEL-ZQN VA189 0945/1455 Mon, Wed, Fri
ZQN-MEL VA188 1545/1720 Mon, Wed, Fri

Wellington schedule effective 28 October 2018

Sydney - Wellington

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the week
SYD-WLG VA171
VA171
0745/1300
0930/1445
Sun
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
WLG-SYD VA170
VA172
0700/0845
1345/1530
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Sun

Auckland schedule effective 28 October 2018

Auckland - Brisbane

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the week
AKL-BNE VA150
VA156
VA1581
0700/0740
1800/1840
2135/2215
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
Fri
BNE-AKL VA1511
VA153
VA159
0610/1225
0930/1545
1840/0055
Mon
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

Auckland - Melbourne

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the week
AKL-MEL VA164
VA168
0630/0840
1600/1810
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
MEL-AKL VA167
VA169
0930/1510
1855/0035
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Auckland - Sydney

Route Flight Number Dep/Arr Day of the week
AKL-SYD VA140
VA1421
VA146
0730/0915
1315/1500
1600/1745
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
SYD-AKL VA143
VA1451
VA147
1000/1505
1545/2050
1830/2335
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
 
 
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