Virgin Australia has announced a number of changes to its Trans-Tasman services, including the launch of two new routes and increased frequency.
From 28 October 2018, the airline 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.
“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, and we also offer other unique products such as Economy X featuring extra legroom and priority benefits,” Virgin Australia Airlines group executive Rob Sharp says.
These two new routes will be serviced by a modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft, featuring a complete Business Class suite with eight leather seats in a 2-2 configuration, food and beverage menus specially designed by renowned Australian chef Luke Mangan, Virgin Australia Entertainment streamed to passengers’ own devices, amenity kits with Hunter Lab products, and Economy X, which offers up to 40 per cent more legroom.
Other schedule changes will see the Auckland-Sydney service frequency increased up to three flights per day on weekdays, and two times per day on weekends, Auckland-Melbourne increased up to double daily, and Auckland-Brisbane up to two services per day and up to three on peak days.
Frequency between Christchurch and Melbourne will be reduced from 11 flights per week to a daily service, and Brisbane to Wellington from up to 14 services per week to nine.
Flights will be available for sale on Thursday 19 April 2018.
“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.”