Virgin Australia have commenced 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 have also made the following schedule changes:
- Auckland-Sydney increased up to triple daily on weekdays and double daily on weekends;
Auckland-Sydney increased up to 3x flights per day on weekdays and 2x flights per day on weekends
- Auckland-Melbourne increased up to double daily every day;
Auckland-Melbourne increased up to 2x flights per day every day
- Auckland-Brisbane up to two services per day and up to three on peak days.
Auckland-Brisbane up to 2x flights per day and up to 3x flights on peak days
Virgin Australia have reduced the 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 to 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 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 Australia ;
- Economy X, which offers up to 40 per cent more legroom, preferred overhead locker space and priority boarding.
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