Virgin Australia plans to launch Sydney-Hong Kong route this year

28 Feb 2018 by Craig Bright

Virgin Australia has its sights set on launching its second non-stop service between Australia and Hong Kong, with plans for a new daily service from Sydney to launch sometime in mid-2018.

It’s been seven months since the carrier launched its inaugural service to Hong Kong from Melbourne and since then the carrier has been steadily expanding the route by upping the service to a daily operation last November (though the service will return to a five-times-weekly operation effective mid-2018).

The airline also launched a frequent-flyer programme agreement with Fortune Wings Club, the rewards programme for Hong Kong Airlines along with other Chinese carriers in the HNA Group.

“Expanding our presence into Greater China is a key pillar of our international strategy, and today we are building on the positive momentum created since the launch of our Melbourne-Hong Kong flights,” said John Borghetti, Virgin Australia Group’s CEO.

“The new Sydney-Hong Kong service will link two global destinations and will allow Virgin Australia to further access the fastest growing and most valuable Australian inbound market, China, with our alliance partner Hong Kong Airlines. The service will also connect with Virgin Atlantic Airways’ flights to London.”

The new flights will depart Sydney at 1000 and arrive in Hong Kong at 1740, while the return journey will fly out of Hong Kong at 1950 and land back in Sydney at 0710 the following morning.

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
VA89 Sydney (SYD) Hong Kong (HKG) 1000 1740 Daily
VA88 Hong Kong (HKG) Sydney (SYD) 1950 0710+1

Virgin Australia will be flying its two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route. This aircraft is outfitted with 20 of the airline’s The Business seats in the forward business class cabin, laid out 1-2-1 in a herringbone formation. The seats recline to a fully flat position, becoming an 80-inch bed and have in-seat USB and universal power outlets.

Virgin Australia A330-200 'The Business' business class

Economy is laid out 2-4-2 with a total of 255 seats. These offer 31 inches of pitch and 17.4 inches of width, while the seat recline is five inches. Economy class seats also have USB ports and in-seat power.

Virgin Australia A330 Economy

Virgin Australia’s existing Melbourne-Hong Kong service, meanwhile, will operate with the following schedule effective mid-2018:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
VA85 Melbourne (MEL) Hong Kong (HKG) 0030 0810 Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
VA84 Hong Kong (HKG) Melbourne (MEL) 1810 0540+1 Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
1915 0645+1 Mon

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