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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.
- 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