Virgin Australia Launches Melbourne to LAX Route

The five flights per week will help drive down cost and make Victoria, Australia more accessible By: Mindy Poder
Travelers to Melbourne will have a new flight option. // © 2017 iStock
Travelers to Melbourne will have a new flight option. // © 2017 iStock

The Details

Virgin Australia
www.virginaustralia.com

What:
Starting April 4, Virgin Australia will run five flights per week between Melbourne, Australia, and Los Angeles using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. As a result, the airline will cease its Sydney to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, flights and will reduce its Brisbane to L.A. flights from seven to six times per week. Virgin Australia will soon offer 25 services per week from Australia to L.A. via its partnership with Delta Air Lines.

Why It Matters:
By pulling out of Abu Dhabi in favor of L.A., Virgin Australia is showing its confidence in the U.S. market. The additional flights for the L.A. to Melbourne route enable more travelers from the West Coast to visit Australia's Victoria region. The increased supply should also help drive down the cost.

Fast Facts:
- Virgin Australia provides its "The Business" Business Class experience on the airline's Boeing 777-300ER fleet.

- Features of The Business include The Bar, a space for up to 10 people to work and socialize.

- Other highlights of The Business include a Luke Mangan-designed menu; an 80-inch flatbed; direct aisle access; turndown service; pajamas; an 18-inch screen; and more.

What They Are Saying:
"The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia and this enables us to service Los Angeles from the three biggest gateways in Australia - Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney," said John Borghetti, CEO of Virgin Australia Group.

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