Virgin Australia has just announced that they will bring back their Melbourne to Los Angeles flights from the 4th of April 2017. The route ended in 2014.
Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti said: “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.
Virgin has had a big day of announcing new routes and cancelling existing services. The airline will pull back their Brisbane services to 6 times weekly instead of daily and on top of that they will be cancelling their Sydney to Abu Dhabi flight, and their partner Etihad will be taking over that service. The Abu Dhabi service will be cancelled on the 4th of February. This is a big move and a step in the right direction for the airline which has been struggling with profit lately.
Per Virgin Australia
“In partnership with Delta Air Lines, we will soon offer 25 services each week from Australia to Los Angeles and remain the only trans-Pacific alliance to offer Business Class guests lie flat beds with direct aisle access on all services.
The flight schedule will be as follows:
Depart MEL at 11:30 and arrive into Los Angeles at 0900 local time.
Depart LAX at 21:10 and arrive into Melbourne at 0900 +2 local time.
Now all of Virgin’s 777 aircraft are finished their reconfiguration and are fitted with their brand new business and premium economy product.
The move has had some different reactions. The Melbourne service has had a very positive response; however, the Abu Dhabi flight is mixed.