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Qantas and Virgin Australia have started cutting more domestic flights

March 23, 2020

As some Australian states shut their borders, the nation’s largest carriers, Qantas and Virgin Australia, have begun to cut more domestic services. Although they’ve already cut domestic capacity by up to 60%, the airlines have continued to axe some of their most frequented routes in response to the ongoing threat of Covid-19. A combination of […]

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Is flying from LAX to Sydney with Virgin Australia’s Economy X worth the upgrade?

March 5, 2020

Last month, I flew Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney, and was lucky enough to enjoy an Economy X upgrade en route – which means a great deal on board their Boeing 777 service. So, in 2020, what does that upgrade – which sits between Economy and Premium Economy – mean? And most importantly: […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia upgrades its economy meal service and impresses Melbourne to LAX (VA23)

December 23, 2019

Earlier this month, I jumped on board Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 five-times-a-week service from Melbourne to Los Angeles, and was surprised to find a number of enhancements to their Economy service – which mainly floated around the quality of their meal services. Read on to see what a VA trip across the Pacific Ocean is […]

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Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia are launching numerous “bonus points” offers

October 13, 2019

To mark 10 years since Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia first announced their endearing partnership, both carriers have announced a very significant “Bonus Points” campaign which will help passengers build loyalty points over the next few months. In addition to this, Etihad will also be rolling out additional rewards throughout the rest of this year […]

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Qantas and Virgin will compete for new services to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

September 19, 2019

Those who have been to Tokyo before would know that the immense Japanese capital has two airports; one more convenient than the other. Narita, probably the best known and most frequented, is furthest from the city, while Haneda is highly sought by visitors as the most convenient of the two. This is largely due to […]

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Flight Review: Business Class from Melbourne to Hong Kong with Virgin Australia (VA69)

July 21, 2019

This month marks the one year anniversary of the debut of the Sydney to Hong Kong Route – the maiden flight of which we were very excited to be a part of. So how have Virgin’s flights to Hong Kong changed in that time? We started further south this time around, and flew Business Class […]

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What do Velocity Platinum Members enjoy with Virgin Australia and their partners?

June 30, 2019

So, you’ve just been upgraded to Platinum on Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program. A congratulations is in order. The jump up to Gold was exciting – getting international lounge access for the first time, priority boarding, upgrades and more. But at first glance, apart from an extra 25% in points when you travel on […]

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Delta Air Lines launch upgraded Boeing 777 for Sydney to L.A route

April 4, 2019

In an exciting update, Delta Air Lines have introduced some very substantial changes on board their refurbished Boeing 777 aircraft which flies daily between Sydney and Los Angeles. The aircraft will now feature all four of Delta’s signature branded seat products, most excitedly lead by the award-winning “Delta One”, which is the first business class […]

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Hawaiian Airlines expand on codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia

April 4, 2019

In a move that will offer Australian and New Zealand travellers more options when it comes to flying over to Hawai’i, Hawaiian Airlines have entered an expanded codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia. More than a dozen Australia and New Zealand cities will benefit from this broader range of flights to Hawai’i, as well as the […]

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All Australian airlines to commence strict weighing of carry-on baggage

December 10, 2018

Starting tomorrow, all Australian airlines will begin cracking down on oversized carry-ons as they introduce mandatory weighing for all cabin baggage. While this has been standard for some airlines for quite some time now, it was announced today that Virgin Australia will be jumping on board with the policy, following a recent announcement along similar […]

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Flight Review: Does Economy X make a difference on Virgin Australia’s Sydney to Perth service?

October 19, 2018

If any domestic service calls for a slight upgrade, it’s the coast-to-coast flight from Sydney to Perth. While not exactly a gruelling long-haul, the five hour service is testing enough that a little bit of extra comfort goes a long way. We tested Virgin Australia’s Economy X product on the service to see if the […]

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Virgin Australia to launch seven new international lounges

October 17, 2018

Starting from next week, Virgin Australia will roll out a total of seven new international lounges across the country and in New Zealand, significantly expanding their network and adding to the airline’s existing 12 premium domestic lounges. Australia will get three new international departure lounges, while New Zealand will have four. Award-winning British lounge specialist […]

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Virgin Australia to begin flying direct services between Hobart and Perth this month

September 3, 2018

In just a few weeks time, Virgin Australia will become the first airline to introduce direct services between Hobart and Perth, opening up a necessary connection between two of Australia’s fastest growing cities. The airline will fly the thrice-weekly return service on a Boeing 737, providing travellers with better and easier access to the two […]

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Virgin Australia to offer 64kg baggage allowance for filmmakers through SPA partnership

August 5, 2018

Screen Producers Australia (SPA) has announced they are now partnering with airline Virgin Australia in order to create a new offers and opportunities for Associate Members, now allowing a whopping 64kg of checked baggage per member, when traveling domestically within Australia. This partnership hopes to address the ongoing issues that crew members and productions alike […]

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Flight Review: “The Business” on board Virgin Australia’s newest route Hong Kong to Sydney

July 30, 2018

Last month, we took you on board Virgin Australia‘s domestic A330 business service from Sydney to Perth, and earlier this month we got to jump on board one of the first ever flights (in fact, I believe it was flight number four), between Hong Kong and Sydney. Carrier: Virgin Australia Route: Hong Kong to Sydney (VA 82) […]

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Flight Review: Economy X on Virgin Australia’s Maiden Voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong (VA80)

July 28, 2018

On July 2nd of this month, Virgin Australia kicked off their much anticipated service between Sydney and Hong Kong, as the carrier continues their push for growth within the Asian market. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be on board the maiden voyage – and while an airline’s first ever flight between […]

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Virgin Australia announce direct services between Newcastle and Auckland

July 19, 2018

Novocastrians are about to receive greater access to the vast beauty of New Zealand as Virgin Australia plan to be the first airline in 16 years to introduce direct services between Newcastle Airport and Auckland. Newcastle Airport will welcome the new routes during the peak holiday period from 22nd November 2018 to 17th February 2019, […]

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What’s next for Virgin Australia? We talk to Group Executive Rob Sharp on board the inaugural Sydney to Hong Kong flight

July 3, 2018

While en route from Sydney to Hong Kong on the inaugural flight with Virgin Australia, I caught up with the airline’s Group Executive Rob Sharp to talk about the flight and where VA plans to go from here. You’re launching this Sydney to Hong Kong service a year after your Melbourne flights launched; what have […]

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Celebrations at Sydney Airport today as Virgin Australia launch first flight to Hong Kong

July 1, 2018

Virgin Australia today launches its inaugural flight between Sydney and Hong Kong, the airline’s second direct service to Hong Kong, and its only to (currently) operate seven days a week. The flight, which will take off at 10am this morning and land in Hong Kong at 5.40pm local time, will see a number of special […]

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Flight Review: Is Virgin Australia’s award winning coast-to-coast “The Business” Service worthy of its hype?

June 23, 2018

A lot has been made about Virgin Australia‘s upgraded A330’s, operating from East to West Coast, in particular their “The Business” product, which offers a flat bed on Australia’s longest domestic route. The acclaim has sat on the quality of the seats, the fact that every seat has aisle access, and on the high quality […]

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A new partnership between Velocity Frequent Flyer and Westpac could make it easier for new home owners to travel

June 20, 2018

Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer Points program has this week announces a new partnership with Westpac, aimed at giving new home owners in Australia access to potentially hundreds of thousands of points. The substantial bank of points being offered come with two options, both accessible to Westpac customers who apply for a new home loan […]

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Virgin Australia launches inflight Wi-Fi on international flights to the USA

June 6, 2018

Virgin Australia have introduced reasonably priced inflight WiFi on their international route between Australia and Los Angeles, helping passengers stay connected during the 14 hour trip. The service will cost $12 for the duration of the trip, available for passengers embarking from either Sydney (13.5 hours) or Melbourne (14.5 hours). The recent introduction means that […]

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Virgin Australia vs Air New Zealand: Whose Premium Economy is Better to LAX?

May 3, 2018

Following the recent break up of long time allies Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand – in my opinion the best airlines who fly the Pacific route – it’s become pertinent for allies of the airline to pick sides. Some will stick with whichever one they have Frequent Flyer status with (Virgin’s Velocity proving miles […]

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Virgin Australia giving away trips to Hong Kong as they launch flights from Sydney

April 6, 2018

Virgin Australia have just confirmed the date of their first Sydney to Hong Kong return flights, and to celebrate they’re giving away free return Business class airfares and luxury accommodation in the airline’s #chopstickchallenge. To enter, post a picture of yourself conducting ordinary tasks using chopsticks through Instagram. The person with the most creative use […]

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We taste test Luke Mangan’s vibrant new Business Class menu for Virgin Australia

February 19, 2018

At his flagship MOJO restaurant in Sydney, and in front of his test kitchen – where many of the dishes that end up on a Virgin Australia flight are designed (with Virgin’s on board equipment seen sitting amongst the usual array of kitchen equipment) – I recently had the chance to taste Luke Mangan‘s new […]

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We test out the new Virgin “economy x” service from Sydney to Darwin

August 17, 2017

The newest domestic offering (and rebranded International inclusion from what was known for the year prior as “Economy Space Plus”) from Virgin Australia adds new benefits to the exit row and the first few rows of the economy section: some extra leg room, priority security screening, priority baggage and dedicated overhead storage. The new section of […]

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It’s Official: Wi-Fi will be available on international Virgin Australia flights in October

August 10, 2017

Virgin Australia is set to commence its full rollout inflight wireless internet to the majority of its domestic and international aircraft, making it the first Australian airline to offer wi-fi internationally. Select Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737 aircraft are already fully equipped with inflight Wi-Fi, with the airline having recently completed a three month trial on select […]

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Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club and Virgin Australia Velocity announce frequent flyer program cooperation

July 11, 2017

It has now become easier to accrue points for both members of Hainan Airlines‘ Fortune Wings Club and Virgin Australia‘s Velocity program. The recent announcement that Hainan Airlines has begun a frequent flyer cooperation with Velocity comes as a very welcome one for frequent travelers between Australia, New Zealand, and Greater China, kick starting a […]

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Air Canada and Virgin Australia launch codeshare services to three Canadian destinations

May 26, 2017

First announced back in December, the first phase of a new strategic cooperation agreement between Virgin Australia and Air Canada has officially launched today, with three routes now providing seamless connections between Australia and Canada, via Los Angeles, while offering Velocity points to Virgin’s frequent flyers. Those routes are on Air Canada’s flights between Los […]

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Everything you need to know about Virgin Australia’s new “Economy X” domestic class

March 31, 2017

Virgin Australia is set to follow in the footsteps of US partner airline Delta by offering a new “enhanced” economy experience, by way of “Economy X” – a domestic equivalent to “Economy Space +”, which launched on Virgin’s international services last year. Those who fly Delta may also know the service as “Economy Comfort+”. Basically, […]

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